Friday, December 14, 2007

Astros at it again

Say this for Ed Wade, he keeps people busy.

In the handful of months since he arrived as the Astros general manger, Wade has turned over Houston's roster at a rapid rate.

That trend continued Friday as he acquired National League saves leader Jose Valverde for three players, including pitcher Chad Qualls and second baseman Chris Burke.

On the surface, it looks like a good deal for the Astros. Valverde saved 47 of 54 games and gives Wade the established closer he has been looking for since trading Brad Lidge to Philadelphia in November.

Qualls is a solid setup man and Burke never found a home in Houston despite his first-round draft pick status.

This deal, at first glance, seems to be much better suited for the Astros than the Miguel Tejada trade from earlier in the week. Just don't think for a minute that "Trader Ed" is done dealing.


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