Greinke, Hamels and Garza aren’t the only available options, however. The Astros, who are prepared to move left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and right-handed reliever Brett Myers, among others, would appear an obvious partner; their GM, Jeff Luhnow, drafted many of the Cardinals’ top prospects during his tenure in St. Louis.
With a record of 32-49, many expect the Astros to sell this summer. The club has already attempted to trade veteran outfielder Carlos Lee, and they have other veterans, including Rodriguez and Myers, they could potentially deal before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Rodriguez has been tied to several teams interested in pitching, including the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. The 33-year-old has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.54 and 1.235 over his 17 starts. He’s owed $13 million this season and will own a $13 million player option for 2014 if he is traded.
Myers had posted an ERA of 1.99 through June 14, but finished the month with a mark of 3.71. On the season, the 31-year-old has a WHIP of 1.313 with 6.4 SO/9 and 1.7 BB/9. Myers is making $11 million this season and has a $10 million vesting option for 2014, which includes a $3 million buyout.
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