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Myers takes over No. 3 starter spot on depth chart.

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Brett Myers was adamant during his introductory press conference on Tuesday that he was taking nothing for granted, and that he will be trying out for a rotation spot just like everyone else.

But it’s safe to say that Myers, who signed a deal worth a guaranteed $3.1 million for 2010, with a mutual option for ’11 worth $8 million (a buyout is worth $2 million), was not brought to the Astros with an off chance to crack the starting five. Myers is here because he not only fills a big hole in the Astros’ rotation, but he can, based on history, contribute the number of innings that earns pitchers “workhorse” status.

Still, I do admire his humility. “I’m going to have to earn that spot,” he said. “It’s always been that way. I’ve always liked a fight, liked a challenge. This is no different.”

Assistant GM Dave Gottfried, who helped complete the Myers signing and was pinch-hitting for the absent Ed Wade, was a little more pointed with his view of where Myers fits in.

“We have Roy (Oswalt) and Wandy (Rodriguez), and he’ll slot in after that,” Gottfried said. (Wade is in Phoenix for MLB meetings, by the way.) “He’ll push the young guys and it would be great if he pushes Roy and Wandy too. The rotation just got a whole lot better.”

I spoke with Wade on Monday about Myers and the rotation in general, and it’s clear that Bud Norris, Brian Moehler and Felipe Paulino will compete for the last two spots. Other suitors for starting jobs include Yorman Bazardo, Wesley Wright and Wilton Lopez.

Wade mentioned that he spoke with Moehler the night they signed Myers, and assured Moehler that nothing was set in stone and that he had not even begun talking with manager Brad Mills and pitching coach Brad Arnsberg about the makeup of the rotation for 2010.

Moehler, as expected, was not upset with the Myers signing. The exact opposite, in fact.

“He said he just wants to win, and that Myers make us a better team,” Wade said.

If Moehler is not one of the starting five, he’ll move to the ‘pen, where he can offer his versatility as a middle and long reliever.

Some random shots from Tuesday’s press conference, introducing Myers:

Myers with Asst. GM Dave Gottfried.

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Tal Smith, Myers, Gottfried

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After the formal introduction, Myers granted more personal interviews with reporters.

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Crowd shot…media and front office. In the front you can spot Asst. GMs Ricky Bennett (left) and Bobby Heck (right) with Myers’ wife, Kim, sitting in between them.

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Lots of photographers at this press conference.

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above, l to r: club president/baseball operations Tal Smith; assistant GM/scouting Bobby Heck; GM Ed Wade; Minor League Field Coordinator Dick Scott, Asst. GM Ricky Bennett. The group was reviewing the dry erase boards, consisting of lists of players both inside and outside of the organization.

I just spent a couple of hours in general manager Ed Wade’s suite, where most of the morning and early afternoon were spent making lists of discussion topics for a full staff meeting, due to start around 4.

Right now, the main activity is making lists, lists and more lists. Lists of players outside the organization who might be of interest to the Astros, either via free agency or trade market.

Lists of players within the organization that might be considered as trade bait. Lists of Minor Leaguers considered untouchable.

As Brian McTaggart noted in his Winter Meetings preview, relief pitching, third base and bench help are among the Astros’ needs.

At this point, the Astros are simply waiting to hear what decision Jose Valverde has made regarding the Astros’ offer of arbitration. He has until midnight ET tonight at accept or reject.

The Astros are in a good position on this one — if Valverde accepts, they’ll have arguably the best free agent closer in uniform next year. If he rejects, the Astros can still negotiate with him, and if Valverde signs with another team, they’ll get high draft picks.

A Valverde rejection would also give the Astros some payroll to play with, which is significant considering how little flexibility the Astros have in that area this offseason.

Manager Brad Mills is in town, and I believe he’ll be the only uniformed personnel with Wade this week at the Winter Meetings. Every manager is asked to conduct a 30-minute media session in the press workroom this week, and Mills is scheduled to do so on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET.

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Tal Smith, Brad Mills, Ricky Bennett

Asst. GM Dave Gottfried

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