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Houston most likely spot for Pence

The closer we get to Sunday’s Trade Deadline, the more likely it appears that Astros All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence will remain in Houston.

Peter Gammons of MLB.com reported earlier this week that word spread around the general managers’ world on Monday that Pence was essentially off the market, and an industry insider believes he will stay with the Astros. If the Astros were to make a deal at this point, left-hander Wandy Rodriguez appears the most likely candidate.

The Braves and Phillies have reportedly shown interest in Pence, but he would come with a high price tag considering he’s the Astros best and most popular player. And he’s under club control for two more years after 2011.

The Astros are positioning themselves to unload some payroll, and Rodriguez is owed the remainder of his $7 million salary this year, $10 million next year and $13 million in 2013. He has an option for 2014 with $13 million, with a $2.5 million buyout.

It’s unknown if the Astros would be prepared to take on some of that money to get a deal done. Houston is still paying $10 million of Roy Oswalt’s contract this year.

Brian McTaggart

Astros willing to listen

The Astros are engaged in numerous trade conversations, but general manager Ed Wade has a policy not to discuss trade specifics.

What’s known is outfielders Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn – their two best offensive players – have been attracting considerable attention, but they will come with a steep price. Houston is more likely to deal pitchers Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers, despite their multi-year contracts.

“As I’ve indicated before, at the very least we have to be good listeners,” Wade said. “We can always say ‘no’ to anything that we don’t think improves us in the short term or long term. It’s important for us to be proactive on a couple of different fronts as we were with Jeff Keppinger, and at the same time be receptive and responsive to any other inquiries or opportunities that may present themselves.”

– Brian McTaggart

Pence to stay in Houston?

Houston All-Star right fielder Hunter Pence is one of the summer’s biggest trade commodities, but SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported via Twitter on Sunday the team was going to keep Pence. The team has not confirmed that rumor.

Astros general manager Ed Wade has said multiple times in the last few weeks that he plans to be a good listener and would be willing to consider to any offers, but the team isn’t going to part with Pence without getting plenty of talent in return.

The Astros may be more likely at this point to deal pitchers Brett Myers and Wandy Rodriguez, who wouldn’t bring as much in return as Pence. Myers and Rodriguez both recently signed contract extensions, and the Astros might have to take on some of that money like they did last year when they deal Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman.

– Brian McTaggart

D-backs close to dealing Snyder

NEW YORK — The D-backs have agreed on a trade late Friday night that would send catcher Chris Snyder to the Pirates pending approval by the commissioner’s office according to a baseball source.

It is not clear what the D-backs would get in return or how much money is changing hands in the deal, but that is what would have to be approved by Major League Baseball.

Snyder is due $5.75 million next year with a club option worth $6.75 million for 2012 with a $750,000 buyout.

Snyder is hitting .231 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 65 games this year.

It’s been quite a change of direction for the club with regards to Snyder. Following the 2008 season, the club inked him to a contract extension and he looked like their catcher going forward.

A back injury, though, sidelined him two months into the 2009 season and Miguel Montero filled in for him and was so impressive with the bat that Snyder was relegated to a backup role.

– Steve Gilbert

Where will Oswalt wind up?

Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt figures to be the center of a lot of trade discussion in the month of July. Oswalt has said publicly and the Astros have acknowledged that he has requested to be traded to a contender, and there should be no shortage of teams calling about his services.

Oswalt has 10 losses this year, but has given the Astros 13 quality starts and has been the victim of poor run support. He has a no-trade clause and would have to approve any trade the Astros make, so essentially he would have his pick of teams if the Astros choose to trade him.

But finding a team willing to take on the remainder of Oswalt’s $15 million salary this year and his $16 million salary next year, a team willing to give up top prospects in return and a team that’s in contention that Oswalt would approve a trade to will be very challenging.

The Astros would be willing to pay a portion of Oswalt’ s remaining salary if they get premier prospects they are seeking. Of course, the club isn’t obligated to trade the three-time All-Star. As general manager Ed Wade said in May: “He has a no-trade clause, not a trade-me clause.”

Oswalt is two wins shy of tying the club record of 144, so the month of July should be very interesting.

Brian McTaggart

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