The Astros traded Ivan Rodriguez to the Rangers yesterday, but don't expect more deals soon. GM Ed Wade told Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle that he expects to hold onto the rest of his players this month.
"This is absolutely a stand-alone, isolated move," Wade said.
If Roy Oswalt were in charge, this would just be the beginning. He wants the team to focus on winning next year so he sees the Pudge trade as "a good way to start" preparing for 2010. LaTroy Hawkins, Miguel Tejada and Jose Valverde all become free agents after the season, but, based on Wade's statement, it doesn't sound like they'll be traded.