Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/26/12
The Miami Marlins aren't the only team alarming the industry with their shift in direction. The Houston Astros, who are awful now, will be even worse next season, their first in the powerful AL West. They're trading veterans, including cash in deals and still getting mediocre prospects in return. "They're going way overboard," one rival executive said Wednesday. "They're getting rid of guys and not even saving that much money. And I don't see much value in the players they're getting back. "You've got to play every night. You can't go out there and say it doesn't matter if you lose 120 games. Yes, it does." OK, but what the heck were the Astros supposed to do? They would merit genuine ridicule if they had kept first baseman Carlos Lee, left-handers Wandy Rodriguez and J.A. Happ and relievers Brandon Lyon, David Carpenter and Brett Myers. Were their trades great? No. But look at the players they traded. Look at their contracts. And tell me: How much better could the Astros hav...
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