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The 2015 trade deadline is on Friday at 4 pm, and the Astros have to decide if they are done shopping, or if they will stay the course. The Astros have already acquired a starting pitcher in Scott Kazmir, but there is no guarantee he will stay with the Astros beyond 2015.
The Astros had an offseason goal of signing or trading for a premium starting pitcher to pair up with Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh. The Astros have been rumored to be in the bidding for the services of Cole Hamels, but the chances of him landing him are over.
Enter the Padres, a team that was supposed to be much-improved team after A.J. Preller did an extreme makeover in the offseason bringing in James Shields, Craig Kimbrel, Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and Justin Upton. Many thought that his moves were brilliant and bold for a brand-new general manager, but he appears ready to do some more tinkering after a losing season.
According to Evan Drellich of the Chronicle, the Astros and Padres are gaining steam in trade talks.
Nothing close to ready to deal, but it could appear that Jeff Luhnow is has lost Cole Hamels and has indeed turned his focus on to the Padres pitchers including Shields, Tyson Ross, and Andrew Cashner. These three are all decent pitchers with Cashner as the only one who could be considered as struggling. According to Dennis Lin, the Astros are more after Ross than Cashner. I wrote about Ross here: Houston Astros Rumors: Tyson Ross a Possibility?
While the Astros could have gotten Cole Hamels with a big package, could they use some of those pieces to get player(s) from the Padres, that will will be able to plug into the holes on the Astros team. Let’s look at four trades that the Astros could do with the Padres.
Next: Trade for Tyson Ross