HOUSTON -- With the July 31 Trade Deadline fast approaching, Astros general manager Ed Wade said he has made his club's needs known to the rest of the league.

And while Wade has not specified certain clubs or players in which he is interested, he maintains that Houston will be as aggressive as possible over the next 12 days.

"We'd like to get some late-inning bullpen help to help with Doug Brocail so we're not wearing Doug out," Wade said prior to Friday's win against the Cubs. "And obviously we're always trying to see if there are ways to upgrade our starting rotation, but that doesn't put us in exclusive company with anybody. There are a lot of clubs trying to do the same thing."

Wade said his main goal is to improve the club, whether that improvement be short-term or long-term.

He said Houston's attempt at making up ground in the next few series, especially following Friday's 2-1 win against the top team in the division, will weigh on his choices in the next few days.

"We're going to stay aggressive and see what we can get done, but we're realistic from the standpoint that our system is not very deep at this stage," he said. "We're going to have to get creative in order for us to do anything of great significance."