Which pitcher is most likely traded to the Houston Astros?

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7th Pitcher Most Likely to be Traded to Houston

Jul 19, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the second inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Cueto

This may come as a surprise to most Astros fans because he has been touted as the Astros primary target. The only problem is that the current GM of the Reds is Walt Jocketty, who Astros’ GM Jeff Luhnow clashed with different philosophies while the both worked with the Cardinals. Cueto was at the bottom of my list because I think that Jocketty will want to get the better end of the deal or he won’t do it. While no one can argue his stuff, some concerns have been brought up this year with minor elbow pain at times.


  • Next to Price, Cueto has the best stuff on the market.
  • Could have the Randy Johnson effect for the Astros
  • Young, great extension candidate.
  • Would give the team a dynamic duo in a playoff run.


  • Next to Price, Cueto has the best stuff on the market. That means that the Yankees, Dodgers, and other teams can drive each others price up.
  • Walt Jocketty.
  • Elbow pain?
  • Most likely looking to get a big contract, see Jon Lester before Max Scherzer signed.

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My prediction:

With all the above, I think that the Astros will pass on Cueto, and he will end up in the Dodgers rotation. I did poll some of my blogging peers to ask their opinion, Cueto got 23 points that was the lowest.

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