I had a brilliant idea that changed my ideas about trading Berkman & Oswalt away. So why don't we trade Carlos away? He was our 2nd offensive player last year, but considering what he's done in the past, we could get some top prospects for him. If we do trade him though, our offense will suck next year, but hey, our pitching will rock! Another team would be taking a risk, and we would be taking a risk. But, if goes in our favor, we could have a contending team possibly in 2012 or 2013 & beyond. Trading Carlos will enhance the possibility that we contend in later years since adding prospects to the system will add more major league player to the team in years to come.
Why should we have a sucky offense next year? Why can't we have a good offense & rebuild for the future at the same time?
Well if you think about it, if we spend so much money trying to repair our torn up offense for next year, we have less money to buy a whole new offense for the years after. If our farm system gets better, the Astros will get better, but we'll have to wait.
Home run hitting prospects are non existent it seems in our farm system, so if a team on Carlos' "approved" list needs an outfielder or first baseman, voila, we have a power hitting prospect for any position we chose, which can help us dramatically. 2nd base power, possible with trading Carlos. Shortstop power, possible with trading Carlos. We already have an idea of our needs in the farm system. While the rule IV draft takes years to replenish our needs, a simple trade gives us what we want right away, so in a few years we won't have to worry as much about signing worthless major league players to play our positions.
This is the only reason why I believe in trading Carlos, not because I hate him as a player. If we can get a lot in return now, lets do it. Otherwise there's really only 1 other time when we can really get something back and that's at the trade deadline next year when teams are starving for the little push that can get them to win the division. And, if Carlos bounces back, that's even more of a chance that other teams will want to give up top prospects. But if Carlos gets worse, then what? So the question is, now or later?