The Houston Astros are already several years into a rebuild. Many thought they would be done being sellers by now, but it appears it will be another trade deadline with more established players leaving, bringing back more prospects.
However, the Astros may also look into adding premiere talent to their roster by using some of their Minor League depth they have built up over the last few seasons. The Astros plan on being competitive soon and their are some premiere hitters available, one of them potentially being Carlos Gonzalez
So I asked Drew Creasman from Purple Row (the Colorado Rockies SB Nation blog) a few questions regarding a potential CarGo trade. If things don’t go too well regarding a CarGo trade, I may even decide to bring up another big bat the Astros may be interested in.
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Though it hasn’t been rumored, I wanted to get a good feel with other writers about what it would take the Astros to get premiere bats onto this team. Besides Jose Altuve and (maybe) George Springer, the Astros lack cornerstone players. They certainly need help on offense and one player that can add a boost to the lineup would be Carlos Gonzalez.
In the past it’s been all about selling our own “premiere” talent in hopes of bringing back some nice blue-chip prospects. Last year the team was dangling Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell, and Jose Veras, amongst others. This year there isn’t one player the team is actively shopping (at least not in public).
This year’s lead-up to the deadline has been a lot more quiet for Houston in the past, but expect things to heat up over the next two days. The Astros have pieces that other teams find valuable and the Astros may look to move one or two of them, including their plethora of starting pitchers.
The deadline ends on July 31st at 3:00 PM CT.