Astros deadline setting up to be departure of style from previous seasons, GMs

The MLB trade deadline is just days away and we're hearing a lot of rumblings about what the Astros might do. Houston GM Dana Brown said he plans to be aggressive, but do we really know what that means?

This is Brown's first deadline as a GM, and with the Astros farm system depleted of top end talent, this appears to be a tough challenge for the rookie GM.

The other thing to keep in mind, is how this deadline will shine some light on what Brown prioritizes. Does he see things the same way as the Astros front office has in the past? Coveting pitchers with high spin rate and leaning on advanced analytics?

Or will he continue what Jeff Bagwell started in the offseason preferring to use the eye test and traditional scouting techniques that have existed in baseball for decades?

The other thing to factor in is the limited number of teams looking to sell at the deadline. Brown may not have the luxury of trading for exactly who he wants, and might have to simply settle on some players that can help this team, regardless of what the advanced analytics say.

It sure seems Bagwell's approach has backfired this year, with the signings of Michael Brantley, Rafael Montero, and Jose Abreu all looking like mistakes at this point in the season.

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The Houston Texans are turning heads after their upset of the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend. But it's not just that, QB CJ Stroud recently won offensive rookie of the month and the national media is taking notice.

ESPN's Dan Orlovsky called Stroud the best “mover in the pocket” since Joe Burrow, and said the Texans' 2023 Draft Class might be the best in the NFL.

With that in mind, we discuss if Houston should have the highest ranked draft class this year, and if so, will that be enough to keep GM Nick Caserio in the good graces of ownership?

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