Jayson Stark's new Rumblings & Grumblings discusses the oft-told story of the Astros thinking about trading somebody, but never doing it.
But GM Ed Wade tells Rumblings that McLane has never told the baseball operation that any kind of trade is off limits if it can make the Astros better.
"We want to win with the group we have now. But if, at some point, it looks like that's not possible, we have to pay attention to any opportunity that makes us better. And if that means we have to look in a different direction, so be it."
But..but...it'll be the end of an era!
"I'm not sure it's my position to necessarily get bogged down in eras. I always say the glory years of the Astros coincided with Craig Biggio hitting the home run off Billy Wagner in 2005 (that launched the Astros to the wild card and, eventually, the World Series). But all that home run did for me was hasten my departure in Philadelphia. So it's safe to say I have a slightly different perspective than other people here."
Best Wade quote ever.