Josh Bell should be the Houston Astros’ top trade target before the August 2nd trade deadline.
The Houston Astros have come out of the all-star break hot, sweeping the New York Yankees in a doubleheader and the Seattle Mariners in a three-game weekend series.
These weren’t just statement series, but exclamations. The Yankees have had the best record in baseball all year and the Mariners were on a 14-game winning streak. Essentially, Houston swept the best team and the hottest team in baseball in a span of four days.
It’s clear that the Astros, as constructed, are good enough to win their division and possibly even overtake the Yankees for the number one overall seed in the American League. But, with the possible moves their challengers may make at the deadline, the Astros have to address their biggest weakness as a team to counteract any additions other contenders may make to exploit their biggest holes.
There are three primary reasons that Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell makes the most sense for the Astros over any other trade target: