According to one of the top executives and most respected men in baseball, the Astros are not in the mode to trade any of their players, most notably Roy Oswalt.
"The Astros owner, Drayton McLane, has always been steadfast on his direction of the Astros," the executive told me. "Mr. McLane will be more prone to adding to his team rather than trading his present players away." The executive added, "I read your blog and whoever told you Houston will continue moving Oswalt just wasn't correct."
The insider, who is one of the best-informed people in baseball, knows more about most of the team's intricacies than some people within those organizations.
"Mr. McLane believes in his management team," said the source. "And his players are someone who he believes in as well. I doubt that you'll see [the Astros] ever trading players just to save salary."
The source, however, did not deny that there are rumblings that Oswalt and manager Cecil Cooper have had problems with each other recently.