Astros top two untouchable prospects at the trade deadline

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HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Manager A.J. Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros and general manager Jeff Luhnow talk during batting practice at Minute Maid Park on April 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Manager A.J. Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros and general manager Jeff Luhnow talk during batting practice at Minute Maid Park on April 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Which two Astros prospects does Ken Rosenthal think will be untouchable?

HOUSTON, TX – JULY 01: Francis Martes Astros (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – JULY 01: Francis Martes Astros (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Houston Astros are coming off one of the best games/comebacks of the season versus the Yankees. They were also coming off one of the worst games of the season and a confusing episode for Dayan Diaz. After Friday night’s disaster, the Astros could not get Reymin Guduan out of town fast enough to get another arm up.

They called Diaz back up, but he was not out of his 10-day window yet. The Astros made a mistake, and Diaz was ineligible for the game. That was until news broke that David Paulino failed a drug test and was suspended for 80 games. After that move, the Astros were able to activate Diaz after all.

I will write more about Paulino later, but it would appear that he might not be traded after all. Sure, a team could trade for him with the understanding that he will not pitch again in 2017. It would be like a savings bond that won’t mature until next year. His trade value is up in the air at the moment.

Ken Rosenthal was in Houston to cover the Fox Sports Broadcast of the Astros-Yankees game. He said that he heard that the Astros would have a “more tempered at the trade deadline as we might think.” He mentions possible controllable starters Sonny Gray and Jose Quintana. Players like that who fit in the future plans will be more likely than rentals.

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