The Astros are fielding offers for both Brett Myers and Wandy Rodriguez, as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal notes .
Brett Myers has had a fantastic season, and there's no wonder why teams are targeting him in the hours leading up to the 4 p.m. trade deadline. He may be the best pitcher remaining on the market .
He comes at a steep price, however. We've been hearing for a while the Astros are lukewarm about moving Myers. That's a bit curious because while the Astros hold an $8 million option for 2011 on the righty, it's a mutual option. If Myers continues the season he is having, he would certainly opt out and sign a richer deal.
Thus, while it's OK for the Astros to try to get as much as they can -- such as Josh Thole and Bobby Parnell from the Mets, as SI.com's Jon Heyman reports -- the idea that they could let the deadline go by without a deal is odd.
The top suitors for Myers seem to be the Mets and Twins. Minnesota also in on Wandy Rodriguez, who has one final year of arbitration remaining. He is making $5 million on the year, so his price tag will rise. Given he can't help Houston's next contending club, Houston should absolutely be looking to trade Wandy.
Rodriguez (pictured) has a 4.80 ERA in 20 starts, but his xFIP is 4.21 and is coming off two straight seasons of an ERA below 4 -- getting all the way down to a 3.02 mark in 2009 and topping 200 innings pitched for the first time in his career.
While trading Myers and Rodriguez would thin out the Astros' pitching staff (unless they got major-league ready pitching in return), they shouldn't let that stand in the way of any deal. The best possible deal the team can make is one to turn the team around quickly and start a new era of contention.
-- Evan Brunell
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