Why emptying Astros farm system isn’t only way to inject much-needed roster help

Houston Astros GM Dana Brown has been on the lookout for some pitching depth and a left-handed bat to add to the roster as the trade deadline approaches.

While Cody Bellinger might not be the first choice of Astros fans, his defense and bat would provide a boost to the team's chances of making another deep playoff run.

But he won't come cheap, and Houston will have a tough time matching what other ball clubs can offer from their farm systems.

With that in mind, should the Astros consider adding some options to the mix that are already in the Astros system?

Be sure to watch the video above as we discuss some trade options the Astros should be looking at, and examine some Space Cowboy players like Jon Singleton and Justin Dirden. Could one of these players give the Astros a lift without having to make a trade?

Or, could the Astros have it both ways by trading for an arm and adding a bat from the minors? Or vice versa?

Click the video above to find out.

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After another poor performance from former Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns' season is starting to look like an uphill climb. Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb is out for the year, and Cleveland fans aren't too pleased with the way Watson is playing, especially considering the massive contract extension he signed with the team. And we didn't even get to the off the field drama that comes with Watson.

However, Houston fans are invested in the Browns' season outcome as well, with the Texans holding the Browns' first round pick in 2024, and having sent their own first rounder to the Cardinals in the Will Anderson trade.

So each loss for the Browns, means a better draft pick for the Texans!

For Houston, it looks like they have their QB of the future in CJ Stroud. And he'll be on a less expensive rookie contract for the next several years, giving the Texans more cap space to upgrade the roster.

With all of this in mind, is it fair to question if the Texans dodged a bullet when Watson demanded a trade?

DeMeco Ryans vs. Lovie Smith

Plus, we're only two games into the season, but Lovie Smith's defense was much better (with a similar roster) than what DeMeco Ryans' defense has shown thus far, and DeMeco has the benefit of Will Anderson rushing the QB.

Are the struggles on defense more about the roster GM Nick Caserio has put together, or does this slow start fall on DeMeco?

Don't miss the video above as we break it all down!

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