With the news coming out that a deal for Pence to Philly is almost done, the Astros are shifting their attention to moving Michael Bourn. Jon Heyman is saying that the Reds seem to be the front runner and the asking price is large and rightfully so. The Reds are division rivals and the Astros would have to play regularly for at least the next two years.
The question is who are the Astros getting? While Pence was the more sought after player, I think Bourn has the better stats. The guy leads the league in steals and has shown better plate discipline this year. Not to mention he good lead off hitters and defensively sound center fielder, which is hard to come by.
John Paul Morosi tweeted that the Reds are not the only team looking to trade for Bourn as the Braves, Indians and Nationals could also be interested. I would not be surprised if Bourn actually brought back the better package of prospects, as the quality number of outfielders is running out with Carlos Beltran traded to the Giants and Hunter Pence looking to be on his way to the Phillies. Teams could start getting desperate and a bidding war could ensue.