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The Astros & a Power Bat


The Houston Astros are looking for a power bat this winter. First base and the outfield are the areas of upgrade. That much is not a secret.

When Jeff Luhnow is considering possible targets, there are two likely characteristics that I am sure stand out; youth and power. With that as a rough description, two available targets quickly come to mind; Ike Davis and Mark Trumbo.

While both are young power hitters, that is where the parallels end. The New York Mets are shopping Davis because he is coming off of a down season after hitting 32 home runs in 2012 because he is need of a change of scenery and the Mets have a log jam at first base.

The left handed power hitter still is young, has lots of potential, and is a perfect buy low candidate depending on the price. Plus he does have a track record of having produced at the major league level. However, at this point Evan Drellich is reporting that there does not appear to be a match between the two teams. Of course the rumor mill is just begging to churn, so it is possible that this changes.

With regards to Trumbo, the Astros have more competition both from other teams and the Angels themselves. The Angels need pitching, and they would prefer to trade just about anyone else, but their power hitting outfielder is the one that is drawing the most interest, as Jon Heyman reports. I can see the Trumbo rumors carrying on at least through the Winter Meetings in December.

The 24-year old who hit 34 home runs last season, is the best power hitter available. However, the issue is that the Astros cannot get into an issue here where they overpay. Although he would like nice in the outfield and the middle of the order.

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  • 1oldpro

    Choo

  • Larry

    Ray, What can u tell me this why not get a First baseman like Ike Davis or Mark Trumbo what would the Astros had to offer to get one of these players. If they would trade maybe Brad Peacock & Chris Carter, or maybe Lucas Harrell & Jonathan Singleton plus Brett Wallace. I will never know what in the world why the Astros got Brett Wallace he been with the Astros 4 years & only hit 29 Home Runs. I saw the Tigers wants to maybe trade Prince Fielder. I trade Singleton, Peacock, Carter to the Tigers for Fielder & Rick Porcello or maybe Doug Fister. And if the Astros couldn’t get Fielder how about trade Wallace or Singleton, Carter, Peacock to the Chicago White Sox for Adam Dunn or Paul Konerko, Gavin Floyd.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      I think they are trying for both, but right now the price is too high and they havent been able to come to a match.

      Of that group you mentioned, there isnt much value there to other teams. Singleton is still a top prospect but his value is down after last season.

      I’m not sure we see Wallace back on the team next year.

      I would be perfectly fine with getting Fielder, but that package would not cut it I dont think.

  • Joshua Nathanael Stallings

    I’m immensely tired of the one trick pony power hitter who can do nothing else.

    It seems like, If you have carter who would or could improve at all you have a 25-30 home run guy that already does what those two guys do. The chances of a guy coming here and is.numbers improving is highly unlikely. With no protection behind a strikeout power hitter he will continue to…….STRIKE OUT!

    It’s mind numbing to me to follow this strategy.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      Yes, those types of hitters do have a place, but it is a limited place, and the rest of the lineup needs to be better, which is also currently not the case.