Four Possible Trades Between Astros and Padres

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Trade for Tyson Ross

May 30, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (38) pitches during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

One name that many Astros fans might not have heard of before these deadline talks began is Tyson Ross. Now, Astros fans must know who Ross is because Jeff Luhnow is pursuing him aggressively. The 28-year-old right-hander is in his sixth year in the majors and has pitched for Oakland and San Diego.

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In 2015, Ross owns a 3.45 ERA along with a 9.7 K/9 and a 1.5 WAR. He’s no ace, but he’ll definitely add some much-needed depth to this Astros rotation. Ross has only allowed four home runs all season long and is second to James Shields in quality starts for San Diego. He would probably be mixed in the third spot of the Astros rotation behind Kazmir and Keuchel and ahead of Lance McCullers and McHugh.

I don’t think the Astros will have to relinquish any top prospects to acquire Ross, so it’s definitely a worthy trade to investigate for Houston. Here’s the trade that I would envision the Astros making to get Ross:

Astros receive: Tyson Ross

Padres receive: Asher Wojciechowski, Joe Musgrove, and Colin Moran

With this trade, the Padres receive a prospect in Moran that will immediately become the best third baseman in that system and an MLB-caliber pitcher in Wojciechowski that can help fill the void in Ross’ absence. Musgrove would also be a top right-handed pitching prospect to add to the Padres’ system. The Astros aren’t selling the farm altogether in this deal, but they do surrender their 12th, 13th, and 26th best prospects, which would sting a bit.

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