From Mark: What could the Astros get in return for Preston Wilson in a trade? Also isthere any possibility that they might send him to AAA then bring him back up
in 2 weeks when rosters expand?
Not a heckuva lot. Quite a few teams would be interested in
Wilson, I think, among those in contention… but Wilson is probably
only looking at a backup job, most likely and as Wilson would just be a
potential remedy in case something bad happens, I don’t think any teams
will be willing to give up anything substantial in return.
Off the top of my head, I could see Preston going to the White Sox as a
better OF backup than Rob Mackowiak. If Podsednik, Dye, or Brian
Anderson go down, Wilson is a good option to have.
I am sure Cincy would be interested, as well, for the same
reasons. They just picked up Hollandsworth and, as I intimated on
the last podcast, this shouldn’t make anyone in Cincy
comfortable. Wilson would suitably fill the gap left when Krivsky
San Diego is a strong possibility for the same reasons. Ben
Johnson is the backup there, and the older Giles and the perenially
injured Dave Roberts add a lot of risk. Preston still has some
basepath speed (not like Roberts, of course), so he would be very
useful there. In San Diego, though, his power numbers will likely
In the end, in all cases, I suspect Wilson (if he is taken at all) will
get a backup job, so as it relates to fantasy, he should not be someone
you are looking at unless you are really stacked, sitting high atop in
first place, and you’re looking to have some fun with a gamble.
I imagine that the Astros would have a chance of shoring up a decent middle infielder for Wilson, but probably nothing more.
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