Are the Astros about to make a big move?
The Astros are working on some big moves and some small moves according to Ken Rosenthal. With time running out, you have to wonder if anything will happen on the trade front. Many of the players that the Astros were rumored to be after have been traded to other teams. Carlos Beltran was traded to the Rangers for Dillon Tate and others, according to Rosenthal. Rich Hill is going to the Dodgers along with Josh Reddick. Will Smith to the Giants among others.
It appears that the name Jonathan Lucroy was discussed between the Astros and Brewers, according to Richard Justice on MLB Network. I’m not sure if the Astros will pull it out. I did write about it earlier, and he is the lone impact bat on the market is Lucroy, assuming that Jay Bruce is going to the Mets. Justice mentioned that the Astros were looking at an impact addition along the lines of Chris Sale, Chris Archers, and Lucroy. Lucroy is no longer in the plans for the Mets, per MLB Network?
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Justice mentioned that Hinch started his pregame jog, but was cut short as he was called to be part of a discussion. I’m not sure how much impact a manager has in a trade discussion, but a big blockbuster trade could be a good reason. The Rangers just got Beltran. The Astros could be trying to answer that trade with one of their own.
We are less than 30 minutes left before the trade deadline, will the Astros give up a mega-package to get Sale or Archer to become their ace? Or will Jeff Luhnow stay pat and trust the players he has. One thing I know for sure, Luhnow will not be playing Pokemon Go in the next 30 minutes. Justice says that they are engaged in trade discussions, they have done last minute trades before.
The Rays and White Sox don’t have to move their starters, they are all under team control for multiple seasons.
Don’t get your hopes up, but the free-agent starting pitching market is really thin this year. If the Astros want to get a pitcher under team control, they will have to put their prospects where their mouths are. Good luck Jeff.
***All trade information via Ken Rosenthal***