790 The Sports Animal in Houston is reporting the Astros may be close to a trade with the White Sox which would bring Jon Garland to Houston and send Center Fielder Willy Taveras and right hand pitcher Taylor Buchholz to Chicago.
I am definitely in favor of this trade, especially if Pettitte decides to re-sign with the Astros. It would give them an extremely solid rotation of Oswalt, Pettitte, Garland, Williams and Hirsh until Clemens comes back mid-season. Wow…after the All Star Break, the Astros would have the best rotation in baseball.
If they are ready to deal Taveras, it would mean that the Astros believe that Jason Lane can be a viable option for them at Center Field. Lane has lost 20-30 pounds and has been working out at Minute Maid every day since mid October.
Update as of 12:07 PM CST: 790 is now reporting that White Sox GM Kenny Williams left the Winter Meetings and is now returning to the Winter Meetings to announce this deal.
Stay tuned for more updates. The situation is extremely fluid right now.
5 PM Update: 790 has been reporting for a couple hours now that MLB officials are telling them the Garland deal is not dead yet. Two separate MLB sources are telling 790 that the both teams are still considering this trade. Purpura also said that the Garland trade is on a parallel track with the Pettitte negotiations and it is possible both pitchers would be Astros in 2007.