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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

D-Train to Houston?

Per Kirk Bohls with the Austin-American Statesman:

"With less than a month left before the July 31 trading deadline, here’s an interesting rumor that we’d love to see come true.

The Houston Astros get Florida Marlins ace Dontrelle Willis and have to give up only starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez and Round Rock outfielder Charleton Jimerson. Now that would be a steal.

I ran it by Astros general manager Tim Purpura in the dugout before Saturday’s game, and he got a bemused look on his face and said, “That’d be interesting.”

It’d be more than that. It could really enhance the Astros chances of catching the fading Cardinals and the surprising Reds. Don’t expect it to come off, however, because Willis isn’t making that much money and is a franchise player along with third baseman Miguel Cabrera on the Marlins. Why would you possibly give up on him.

Of course, if the Marlins were interested in pulling off such a trade, they’d probably insist on Double-A outfield sensation Hunter Pence and Triple-A ace Jason Hirsch."

D-Train in the rotation with the Rocket, Pettitte, and Oswalt - wouldn't that be nice?


Blogger Tim said...

Sounds to me like Bohls went ahead and started himself a rumor. If the Marlins gave up Willis for Rodriguez and Jimerson, there should be an investigation. No one's that stupid.

Thu Jul 06, 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

If I'm Houston, I'd give up Hirsh and Pence for Willis and never look back.

Thu Jul 06, 09:40:00 AM  
Blogger Ted Bosquez said...

Of course Tim, it is still in the realm of possibility because if the history of sports has told us anything - there is no limit to the idiocy of some programs and their management/coaching (e.g., Minnesota and the Herschel Walker debacle)!

Thu Jul 06, 12:17:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Agreed, Ted. It'd be like trading a third round draft pick for some QB who played minor league baseball (instead of college football) for three years. Speaking of, how's ol' Drew Henson doing these days? Resting that precious arm for the start in Week One?

Thu Jul 06, 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Ted Bosquez said...

He's doing well. He had an excellent international stint and will be competing for the backup job with Tony Romo.

I also understand that he was in Tennessee the other day and was hanging out with VY and Bud Adams watching the 2004 Rose Bowl and laughing about a certain trip to Houston in December. I hear they were relaxing on a massive leather couch donated by Mattress Mac and other loyal UT alums.

Thu Jul 06, 12:48:00 PM  

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