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Joel Blank: Astros controversial trade leaves more questions than answers

Joel Blank: Astros controversial trade leaves more questions than answers
Can the Astros make this move work? Photos by Ezra Shaw and Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Joel Blank weighs the pros and cons of Houston trading Ken Giles to the Blue Jays for their flame-throwing closer, Roberto Osuna. Osuna comes with some baggage due to a domestic-violence violation that got him suspended for 75-games this season. Did the Astros get a bargain on a terrific pitcher, or is this deal going to blowup in GM Jeff Luhnow's face? Watch the video and decide for yourself.

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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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