After adding Dexter Fowler, Scott Feldman, and Chad Qualls, Houston Astros fans want more. With the Winter Meetings coming up, here are four potential trades I think the Houston Astros should consider.
The Astros are looking to shore up their rotation and their is no other better option than David Price. The 28-year old is a yearly Cy-Young candidate and could give the Astros a devastating 1-2-3 punch in a few years with himself, Carlos Rodon (possibly), and Mark Appel. The Astros would likely only trade for Price if he would agree to an extension, as he’s currently set to hit free agency in 2016. I’d guess he’d sign the extension, after all, his “Astro” is his dog’s name.
Price is likely going to cost the Astros significant prospects. Singleton is a top 50 prospect according to most experts. Singleton struggled in Triple-A last season but he’s been mashing in winter ball. Singleton would be a HUGE upgrade at 1B as the the Rays have no future first baseman in their system.
The Rays would be getting back another top 50 prospect, Foltynewicz, who is coming off a strong season and his fastball reaches triple-digits at times. Oberholtzer, 24, had a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts for the Astros last season, and is controllable for several more seasons. Wocjiechowski and Tropeano are two other top 20 Astros prospects who’ve had success in their minor league careers. Fontana is a shortstop who has mastered the art of walking. Fontana is a career .250 hitter in the minors, but has a sparkling .430 OBP.
All these piecers are exactly what the Rays need and like. A future 1B, several young, cheap, and controllable pitchers, as well as a OBP machine at the middle infield spot. The Rays are reportedly looking for a “Herschel Walker type deal” and this would certainly be close to it.