HOME RUN TRADE
Report indicates Astros could shove on starting pitching, polarizing outfielder
The MLB trade deadline is only two weeks away and the Houston Astros are looking to add to the club for the stretch run. Astros GM Dana Brown has stated that the team is prioritizing starting pitching, and also looking for a left-handed hitter.
According to a recent report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Astros could address both needs with just one trade. Nightengale recently shared that the Astros have checked in on Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman, and outfielder/Astros hater, Cody Bellinger.
Just adding one of these players could prove costly for Houston, as many other teams with better prospects will be looking to load up for postseason run. So if adding both players feels a bit too unattainable, and it does, which player/position should the team prioritize?
If it has to be one over the over, pitching feels like the more pressing need. Brown mentioned on the Astros flagship that a “home run” trade probably isn't in the cards, but they would like to be aggressive and execute a “double” in trade terms.
If the price of Stroman is too rich for the Astros, they could also shift their focus to White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, Cardinals' Jordan Montgomery, or Tigers' Eduardo Rodriguez. Tigers pitcher Michael Lorenzen could also be a smaller move that would improve the pitching depth.
Be sure to watch the video above as we address several options that might be a good fit for the Astros, and much more!
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