It seemed obvious the Houston Astros had to do something before today’s MLB trade deadline.
Earlier in the day, general manager Jeff Luhnow said there was “a tick higher” than 50 percent chance something would happen, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Evan Drellich.
Well, it happened.
The Astros traded right-hander Jarred Cosart, shortstop Enrique ‘Kike’ Hernandez, and outfielder Austin Wates to the Miami Marlins for outfielder Jake Marisnick, third baseman Colin Moran, right-hander Frances Martes and a compensation pick in 2015.
Although he was named Astros Rookie of the Year last year, Cosart was 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA in 116 innings pitched this season. Hernandez was a fan-favorite player and could have been a great utility guy, but I think the Astros pulled off a great trade here.
Moran is a player they considered with the number one overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. He ended up going sixth overall to Miami, but is considered one of the Marlins best prospects. Marisnick will join the Astros major league club immediately.
The only part of the trade that is tough to swallow is the fact the Astros made another trade for the future. At some point, Jeff Luhnow and company will need to start building a team for now instead of two years down the road. However, because of the tremendous haul they got back in return, I like the trade. I think Cosart is replaceable because the pitching depth in the organization and I love the four pieces we got for the future.
What do you think?