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Myers, not Oswalt, is the Astros' deadline catch

According to a Fox Sports report, the Astros have seen very limited interest in ace Roy Oswalt on the trade market.

Oswalt, makes the balance of $16 million this season, $16 million next year and has an option for 2012 that he wants to be picked up to accept a trade. Despite the financial impact a move to pick up Oswalt would have on a potential trading partner, Houston is said to want three top prospects for their ace. Did I mention he left his last game after being hit in the ankle by a line drive?

Gee, I wonder why they can't find a taker...

Also on the Astros trading block is a much more appealing candidate, Brett Myers.

Myers, 7-6 with a 3.35 ERA and a 93/39 strikes to walks ratio, makes only $3.1 million this year and has a mutual option for $8 million. He almost wouldn't register on this season's payroll. And his $8 million paycheck for 2011 would make him a nice fit to replace Brad Penny next season.

He's a nice No. 3 starter type. If he could be had for a reasonable price in terms of prospects, he could be a much more attractive target for the Birds.