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Mark Trumbo & Peter Bourjos Are Available, Does That Matter?


The Astros already went after Jose Abreu, so we know they are looking for some more power. The trade market might be the best way to add a legitimate home run and RBI threat. Currently, the Astros have a lot of 6-8 hitters and some top of the order hitters, but not those one or two players that can be counted on as a run producer in the middle of the order.

Mark Trumbo might be that guy. Buster Olney is reporting that the Angels would be willing to potentially deal Trumbo (along with outfielder Peter Bourjos) for some pitching help.

This is something the Astros need to explore. Of course like every potential trade, it all hinges on the cost in prospects to the Astros. Bourjos is very similar to players Houston already has, but Trumbo could be a difference maker.

Trumbo just completed his third full season in the majors hitting .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBI’s for a struggling Angels team. The batting average was a career low (.254 and .268 respectively) while his power production was a career high (29/87 and 32/95 respectively).

While the batting average struggles are of some concern, I believe going forward you can’t expect Trumbo to hit more than about .250. When his average spiked last season, it was attributable to a spike in BABIP (.316, compared to .274 and .273 in his other two seasons).

The 27-year old will likely strikeout at least a quarter of the time, but it has not appeared to negatively impact him in the past. Trumbo’s power production is backed up by his other advanced statistics, so I think we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from him going forward. Defensively, Trumbo can play both corner outfield positions as well as first base.

I think the cost could potentially be a little steep here, but the Astros are dealing from a position of strength. Aside from Mark Appel and Jarred Cosart, I am thinking that every other Houston pitcher should be on the table. But giving up more than one upper tier pitching prospect (Lance McCullers, Mike Foltynewicz, Asher Wojciechowski) should be off the table. And depending on the other pieces in the trade, they might prove to be too cost prohibitive. If at all possible, it would be nice to avoid moving those three pitchers, but at some point that will become a reality as all of them cannot fit in the future rotation. I do though, think that Trumbo would be a worthy addition.

What does everyone else think?

 

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  • Andrew Elling

    Do we really need to trade for another Chris Carter? I like Trumbo but I think if we made a trade it should be for a better all around hitter.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      I can’t entirely disagree with that. It certainly comes down to price at some level, but he is a proven 30/100 guy, and you cant have enough of those. Well you can, but, right now the Astros don’t have any. Carter is close, but you still need more power. Trumbo is young, and clearly better than anything the Astros currently have in their outfield- Springer excluded.

      • Andrew Elling

        The one upside for Trumbo is that he is under team control til 2017. If we are planning to give up some prospects at least we will have him for a while.

        • Ray_Kuhn_28

          Exactly, that is attractive to me

  • Bob

    I believe Houston will either trade or free agent sign for another big bat, and then shop Chris Carter to other teams for a big return. I also believe that the Astros will not give up their big name pitchers, but may consider trading someone like Asher, Martinez, Buchanan or other potential prospects that will not make it to the 40 man roster and be Rule 5 eligible. Look for Houston to do something shortly after the W.S. and prior to the November 20th date for setting up 40 man rosters. With the exception of Asher and maybe including a Lyles in the right deal, I don’t see them getting Trumbo or Bourjos (who would be an excellent CF if he can stay healthy) from the Angels. As someone else noted, they can’t keep all of their prospects, but knowing Luhnow, he will deal the right players of those he feels will help the club.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      I think you bring out a good point with the Rule 5 draft. There are so many eligible players to be protected, that maybe a good solution would be a 3-1 trade to free up some spots and get an upgrade somewhere