Astros Notes: An Un-Bare Cupboard, Wandy Speculation, Hope?

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 04: Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros unhappily looks in as home plate umpire Paul Nauert after not getting a strike call against the Milwaukee Brewers at Minute Maid Park on September 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Astros are facing another tough season, but it certainly feels to me that there is still some amount of hope coming for the club (though I'm admittedly not emotionally tied to them staying in the National League).

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com says that new GM Jeff Luhnow actually has some pieces to work with, at least in the minors. And we continue to see Wandy trade speculation, of course, but The Crawfish Boxes has a nice analysis on why he may not see as much trade interest as fans would expect (sabermetricky):

  • Is Wandy Worth Jacob Turner? More Astros Trade Realities - The Crawfish Boxes
    "Of course, we also have the question of his option year for 2014. If the team decides to decline that option, Wandy would get an extra $2.5 million, which means his value drops even further. If he doesn't get compensation at that point, his value would swing about $5 million and would be negative. That explains the slow market for Wandy somewhat, as the lefty is coming off a so-so season and doesn't have a lot of extra value for a team."
  • Houston Astros Interview Keith Law Of ESPN - MLB Daily Dish
    "According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, the Houston Astros have interviewed ESPN's Keith Law for several positions with the organization, including the organization's scouting director role."
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