Don’t Trade For Cespedes
Jul 22, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a single in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The Astros do not need to trade for an outfielder. Just look at what happened last night for an example. The Astros pounced on one of the best pitchers that their division rival has to offer. We shelled CJ Wilson and the Angels bullpen, pouring on ten runs in a win. The offense did have a couple of quiet days in Kansas City, but overall I think it would improve the team much more to acquire a bullpen arm or another starter.
Another position that the Astros need more help at is first base, where Chris Carter and Jon Singleton split time. That duo definitely won’t cut it during the playoffs, so Jeff Luhnow needs to address that spot. George Springer will return in September and shore up the outfield, and Jed Lowrie will take over at third base in a few days. There’s just no real need for Cespedes at the time.
Jeff Luhnow is spending his time more efficiently by going after Hamels, Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, David Price, Jeff Samardzija, and other top pitchers around the league. Although Cespedes will provide a lot more consistency in an Astros middle of the order that is very shaky, we don’t NEED him.
All in all, I think that the Astros should turn their focus in other directions and not acquire Cespedes. But, if it’s the best-case scenario, here’s what I would offer Detroit:
Astros Get: Yoenis Cespedes
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