6 Teams Astros Pray Aren’t In Contention This Season

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Boston Red Sox

While they made the American League Championship Series last year, keep in mind the Red Sox were projected to finish fourth in the division with 80 wins after a rough 2020 pandemic shortened season.

Obviously having Alex Cora back as manager must’ve sparked some life into them, but it is possible in a division as tough as the AL East the Red Sox fall far enough behind the Rays, Yankees and Blue Jays they could be sellers at the deadline.

If that happens, Houston native Nathan Eovaldi is on the final year of his contract and would be a very viable trade option.

His postseason track record alone is enough to want to make the trade (all ALCS Game 4 ninth inning Astros rallies aside) he’s a proven tough and reliable starter willing to come in at any point in any game for however long he’s needed.

The asking price would be pretty high but again, the Astros starting pitching depth last year was the biggest hole in the playoffs that was exposed and you can never have enough proven starting pitching.

A rotation of Verlander, Lance McCullers Jr., Eovaldi and Valdez would not be too shabby to throw out there.

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