The Astros have relief pieces, like Tony Sipp and Chad Qualls, whom the major league team could and very likely would miss. The Tigers and Orioles have both shown interest in Astros relief pitching, and the Orioles could be a fit for Keuchel as well, sources told the Chronicle.
However, the Astros may not want to deal him.
But according to one major league general manager, the Astros remain reluctant to move Keuchel.
The Astros have been fielding more calls today about their starting pitching and their goal remains to add another bat, according to Brian McTaggart (MLB.com).
The last time these two teams made a deal was at this time last season when the Astros shipped Bud Norris to Baltimore. In exchange they received L.J. Hoes, Josh Hader, and a compensatory pick which was used on Derek Fisher.
Any team that misses out on Cole Hamels, David Price, or Jon Lester may be looking at the Astros and specifically at Keuchel. The Astros would need to be blown away by an offer for Keuchel, so it doesn’t seem too likely at this point that he will be dealt.
The Astros are more likely to deal other starting pitchers before the deadline, and the Orioles are one of the many teams out there looking for another starting pitcher.
The MLB trade deadline is July 31st at 3:00 PM CT.