Tuesday afternoon, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded away their catcher, Miguel Montero, leaving them without a viable candidate to start the season behind the dish. Funny, the Astros have plenty of catchers, with their biggest trade chip being Jason Castro. A deal with Arizona almost makes too much sense.
With free agent relievers avoiding Houston, it is highly likely that Jeff Luhnow will attempt to make a splash via the trade. One potential target could be Evan Marshall, a 24-year old right-handed reliever. Marshall went 4-4 last season, his first year in the big leagues, and pitched to the tune of a 2.74 ERA in 49 1/3 innings. Marshall had an impressive 9.9 strikeout per nine inning mark, but held a 1.358 WHIP in 2014. Like Jason Castro, Marshall would be a solid acquisition that has room to grow.
More from Climbing Tal's Hill
- Just how much better is the Houston Astros playoff rotation than the rest?
- Houston Astros: A Lineup Change to Spark Offense
- Astros prospect Hunter Brown throws 6 shutout innings in debut
- Always faithful Astros World Series champion Josh Reddick defends the title
- Michael Conforto declines Astros’ 2-year, $30 million offer
Addison Reed could be another option for Houston to consider. Reed held a 4.25 ERA in 2014, which is in line with his career average. There is room for optimism with Reed, a control pitcher, who walked just 15 in 59 1/3 innings. To go along with his low walk rate, is an exceptional strikeout rate of 10.5 K/9.
These are just a couple of options for the Astros to consider, but with Arizona seemingly in desperate need of a catcher, and divisional rival Oakland also having a slew of catchers, the Astros should act fast. Billy Beane has been busy, and quick to pull the trigger. Luhnow has been slow and methodical for much too long. It’s time for something to happen.
Neither of the trades above would likely be an even swap, seeing that Houston could likely get more of an assortment elsewhere, but Arizona may be willing to part with more out of necessity. Don’t be surprised if these two teams are not at least linked to one another regarding a trade in the coming days.