Astros Shopping Lee, Myers & Rodriquez

by Ben Cook on December 5, 2011

The Houston Astros are reportedly eager to unload a few of their larger contracts.

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Carlos Lee is due $18.5 million for 2012, the final year of his $100 million contract. He hit .275 while smacking just 18 home runs (his lowest total for any year since his rookie season) but did drive in 94 runs. If the Astros are indeed willing to foot half of the bill, you’d have to think they’ll find a trading partner.

In August of 2010, Brett Myers signed a 2 year extension which includes an option year for 2013. The extension was offered when Myers was 8-6 with a 3.10 ERA. Unfortunately for the Astros, Myers was just 7-14 last year with a 4.46 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Including the option-year buyout, Myers is due roughly $13 million and even at half price probably won’t be much in return for the Astros.

Wandy Rodriguez is due $25.5 million over the next two years including the buyout for the 2014 season. The left handed starter was 11-11 last year with a 3.49 ERA. The southpaw had a fantastic start to the season last year but seemed to wear down as the season wore on. Given the market for fellow 32 year old lefty, Mark Buehrle, it seems likely one of the teams that misses out on Buehrle would be interested in acquiring Rodriguez for the right price.

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