The Houston Astros are open to trading some starting pitching, according to Ken Rosenthal (Fox Sports).
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2014
Rosenthal noted that while it was unlikely they would deal certain pitchers, they now seem more open to dealing them if the price is right.
A shortage of available quality starting pitchers is creating a seller’s market as the non-waiver deadline approaches at 4 p.m. ET Thursday. And now Luhnow is open to trading Keuchel, McHugh or right-hander Jarred Cosart for the right return.
“We do seem to have an excess of pretty good young starters so we wouldn’t rule anything out,” Luhnow said Monday. “We’d have to get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat, in a package that makes sense for the future and present.”
Keuchel, McHugh and Cosart all have less than two years of major-league service. Any one of the three presumably could bring a hitter with comparable talent and service time in return.
Collin McHugh seems like the most likely candidate to be traded out of the current members of the starting rotation. He has put up some great numbers this season and teams may trade for him to bolster the back of their rotation.
Dallas Keuchel and Jarred Cosart could be candidates as well. They have both had good seasons, but the Astros are more likely to hang onto them if they feel they can be a part of the rotation for years to come.
Of course, the Astros won’t hesitate to deal any pitcher if they get blown away by an offer.
Scott Feldman, the veteran pitcher in the rotation, may also be moved, but his contract (3-year, $30 million) and his numbers may make him a less likely candidate. Other Minor League starters could potentially be moved as well.
The Astros needs an bat in their lineup and they have the starting pitching depth to make a deal happen.
I expect the Astros to be quite busy in the next 48 hours as they approach the deadline.