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Astros won't cash biggest chips

For those who think the Astros might deal Carlos Beltran or Roger Clemens, check the NL wild-card standings.

Originally Published: July 9, 2004
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Cancel that Carlos Beltran Rumorfest II. And while we're at it, can we pull the plug now on those rumblings about Roger Clemens heading back to the Yankees?

For the Astros to fire Beltran back onto the market, or even to contemplate trading Clemens, they would have to announce to the world -- and their massive ticket-buying public -- that they're blowing up the season.

And for that to happen, says GM Gerry Hunsicker, "things would really have to get desperate."

Granted, ...

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