WASHINGTON -- Despite rumors that closer Brett Myers was on the trade market, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday the team isn't involved in any trade discussions with anybody, which isn't a surprise less than two weeks into the season.
"We're not having any conversations with anybody about any players," he said. "The season just got started. We're pretty happy with the group of players we have, and the focus right now is on winning ballgames. And Brett is doing a good job in his new role, and we need him here."
Myers was moved into the closer role this spring after starting 66 games the last two years with the Astros. He successfully converted his first two save chances this year. Myers is in the last year of his contract, but had his option for 2013 re-worked to vest on the number of games finished instead of starts.
The Astros have made blockbuster deals at the Trade Deadline the past two years. In 2010, they traded away Roy Oswalt (Phillies) and Lance Berkman (Yankees), and last year traded Hunter Pence (Phillies) and Michael Bourn (Braves). The prospects they've received in those deals have helped to drastically improve their Minor League system.