Let's take a look at who's to blame for the Astros current predicament


​The Houston Astros struggled to get the bats going in Game 4 of the ALDS, and Justin Verlander had an underwhelming start which put Houston behind from jump street.

Many fans are blaming A.J. Hinch for starting Verlander on short rest, but that's not why the Astros lost the game.

ESPN 97.5's Charlie Pallilo and Raheel Ramzanali share their thoughts on who deserves the most blame for the Astros having to play an elimination game against the Rays on Thursday. Quick Hits is presented by Texas Star Grill Shop.

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Houston Texans named in surprising blockbuster trade proposal

The Houston Texans have some big decisions to make this offseason, and we know one of the main areas they will be focusing on is the defensive line.

Both Jonathan Greenard and Sheldon Rankins are free agents, so it's possible the team will have to add a new edge rusher and defensive tackle if they are unable to bring these players back

ProFootballFocus put together a trade scenario sending Eagles edge rusher Haason Reddick to the Texans in exchange for a second round pick (No. 59 overall).

And while Chris from Sports Talk Extra in the video above likes this move for Houston because they don't have to surrender a ton of compensation, I have to disagree.

The reason Reddick will only cost a second round pick is because he's in the last year of his deal, and he's making a lot of money ($15.5 million).

Add that to the fact that he'll be 30 years old in September, and we have some real red flags. I would much rather use that draft pick to select a rookie that will be here for the next four years and isn't in his thirties.

Plus, the Texans would risk losing Reddick in free agency next year. Not a gamble I would be willing to take.

Why the deal could make sense

If you're the Eagles, this trade would make a lot of sense. They've already given Reddick permission to seek a trade, so they're ready to move on from him now, or when his deal expires after the season.

Who wouldn't want to trade away an older player with a big salary for a second round pick?

For the Texans, Reddick would be a good addition to the defense. He's recorded at least 11 sacks in four straight seasons. He would bring a veteran presence to the mix, and help the team put pressure on the opposing quarterback. Reddick has also been named to the Pro Bowl over the last two seasons.

But a second round pick for a player with an expiring contract feels a little rich for my blood.

In theory, the Texans could extend his contract when making the trade, but if they're going to have to commit a lot of money to him, re-signing Greenard would be my preference.

Be sure to watch the video above and decide if you agree with his premise, or if you would rather keep the pick and address the d-line in a different way.

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