The past few years the Houston Astros have been very busy at the trade deadline. This season it does not look like they will be as active although they do have some pieces who could help a contender. A couple of those players are left handed reliever Tony Sipp and current Houston closer, Chad Qualls.
Sipp has been flat out dominant this season to the tune of a 1.90 ERA in 23.2 IP with only 3 BB/31 SO. More importantly he has limited left handed hitters to a .095 BA and .327 OPS.
Qualls meanwhile has a 1.84 ERA in 29.1 IP with 3 BB/27 SO and 9 saves. He is limiting hitters to a .230 BAA.
Mark Polishuk of MLB Trade Rumors notes:
“Tony Sipp and Chad Qualls both figure to draw interest from other teams, though Drellich isn’t sure the Astros would trade Chad Qualls so soon after he signed a two-year deal with the club last winter. Dealing a player relatively soon after a multiyear commitment could harm the team’s standing with future free agents.”
David Schoenfield of ESPN notes:
“When you are headed toward 95 or more losses, relievers are expendable and easily replaceable. Qualls and Sipp are the most marketable. Qualls has a ridiculous 9-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 28 1/3 innings, while Sipp has held lefties to a .283 OPS in 22 1/3 innings. Toronto could certainly use Sipp as a second lefty in the pen. Qualls might step right in as a closer for the always-in-flux Tigers or suddenly struggling Giants.
Likely scenario: Qualls and Sipp find new homes by mid-July, and Fowler stays with Astros through the end of 2014.”
I think it is possible these guys could actually get some decent prospects in return, though it may not be worth really damaging our bullpen.
After suffering through the bullpen the last few years if the Houston Astros decide to trade Sipp and Qualls I really hope we get a good return. If this move is made, hopefully some of the young relievers in AAA are ready to step up.
What do you think? Should the Houston Astros trade the best bullpen assets?
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