Astros listening, but no longer pursuing deals

Astros listening, but no longer pursuing deals

HOUSTON -- The Astros, who have pulled off four major trades in the month of July, are no longer actively seeking deals, but the ringer on general manager Jeff Luhnow's phone remains in the on position nevertheless.

"There's still a lot of chatter," Luhnow said. "Obviously, we've been very active. We've been the most active team in baseball, and we feel like we've accomplished a lot and we're going to continue to have dialogues, but we're not stimulating any dialogues. If people call us, we'll listen to what they have to say, but we don't feel like we need to do anything at this point."

The Astros traded veteran first baseman Carlos Lee to the Marlins on July 4 in exchange for a pair of prospects, and they made three deals in a span of five days within the past week that landed Ben Francisco, Francisco Cordero, nine Minor League players and two players to be named.

Houston made a 10-player deal with the Blue Jays on Friday and sent pitchers J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter north of the border in exchange for Francisco, Cordero, Minor League pitchers Joe Musgrove, Asher Wojciechowski, David Rollins, catcher Carlos Perez and a player to be named.

On Saturday, the Astros sent Brett Myers to the White Sox for Minor League pitchers Matt Heidenreich and Blair Walters and a player to be named. Veteran starter Wandy Rodriguez was shipped to the Pirates on Tuesday in exchange for Minor League pitchers Rudy Owens and Colton Cain and outfielder Robbie Grossman.