With Oswalt's agent revealing to the Astros that Roy is ready to move on, we should take a page or two out of Stephen King's "Children of the Corn" and just move anyone over the age of 30 out of town as well. Clearly, the Roy move makes sense. Short of having his jersey torn as he runs across the field, Oswalt is the Astros' version of Earl Campbell. We have taken him deep into games win or lose since he arrived in 2001. He probably has two solid years left in him before his arm falls off like Ron White's tire coming out of a Sears. And given the Astros current state of play, we're 2-3 years away from being competitive unless major shakeups occur, which are doubtful given Uncle Drayton. So trade him now while there is an opportunity.
And don't even mention Lance as untouchable. The Astros broke the Houston curse of it's pro teams trading HOFers away by keeping Biggio for his entire career. And if Jeff doesn't pop up in any report in the next few years, then he actually has an outside shot at the HOF too! In fact, I say if we trade Lance, we can move Carlos to first which might actually help us as much as Lance's trade value by speeding up the OF. If a team calls, everyone over 30 is available and anyone under has to have a great trade offer. Beyond Roy, is there a player on our team currently that is over 30 and producing consistently besides maybe Sampson. We can create an exemption for a few 30 players to stay, but everyone else can go for the right offer.
I kid about the "over 30"riff, but seriously, this team is dead in the water. The sad part is what do we trade for if/when offers start to come in? Clearly two of the OF positions seem set, we have a catcher in waiting in Round Rock, a couple of IF and pitching positions seem to be filled, but right now the team just isn't producing consistently anywhere other than Lindstrom and Bourn. Hopefully, we can get some players that can maybe pump some life back into the team and make it fun again. Until then, I guess we suck it up and start working on 2012. That is unless the world ends, but that's a John Cusack posting for an entirely different day.