Astros add much-needed bullpen help ahead of Friday's deadline

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The Astros traded Joe Smith and Abraham Toro to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday and received pitchers Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero in return.

Houston's relievers have been an issue this season, and the Astros got some much-needed help today. Graveman is 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 10 saves in 30 appearances this season. Montero was designated for assignment last week.

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MLB Network released their list of the top 10 starting pitchers in baseball this week, and two names were suspiciously left off. Framber Valdez and Cristian Javier are nowhere to be found on the list. Apparently, dominating one of the best lineups in baseball on the biggest stage means nothing?

Be sure to check out the video above as Paul Gallant shares his thoughts on the rankings.

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