Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 10/19/14
Someone asked me last week, before the Astros lost four straight games to the Dodgers and Rockies, what would happen if this club ends up three or four games out of first place by the All-Star break in terms of potential trades of veterans. After all, the pitching has been terrific, the Astros have been competitive and the National League Central is not the best division in baseball. So what would happen if the Astros were actually within a stone's throw from the division lead or one of the wild card spots? Would they still trade Wandy Rodriguez or Brett Myers? (We are going with the premise that the Astros will be looking to move veterans enjoying a good season such as Rodriguez and Myers in exchange for young players). The weekend taught us that management is very, very unlikely to face that scenario at the mid-point of the season. The Astros have been competitive and have outperformed prognostications to this point. But it's still early and they are not a team ready to...
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