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Does Javier Vasquez (Or Someone Like Him) Make Sense For Houston?

Right now, the Houston Astros don't have an open rotation spot. They've actually got more candidates than they do spots total right now. But, with rumors of trades swirling around guys like Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers, is there a possibility Houston could want to bring in someone after they're gone?

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Specifically, would they want to take a flier on a guy like Javy Vasquez on a one-year deal?

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My guess is no. For one thing, this type of deal only really makes sense if the Astros are prepared to flip him at the trade deadline and I doubt a player signs with a team as bad as Houston, knowing they could go somewhere else that's not their choosing.

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Secondly, I don't think the Astros need a veteran presence. Let the young guys they have now play out the string to see what Houston has. Vasquez might add a win to their total for next season, but that's not going to put them over the top. Heck, it's not even going to get Houston to .500, but the experience gained by putting someone like Aneury Rodriguez in the rotation instead could be much more valuable down the road.

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That's exactly why Houston is in a weird position this winter and why you won't see them make a free agent move, most likely. That's just not where they're at as a team right now.

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