Four Trades That Push The Astros To A World Series

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May 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Chris Carter (23) drives in a run with a hit during the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros Receive: Luis HerediaWyatt Mathisen

Pittsburgh Pirates Receive: Chris Carter 

Why The Astros Would Do It

Adam Lind is now the starting first basemen. Chris Carter isn’t needed much anymore and the Astros would be best dealing him now.

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  • With all the trades involving much of their better prospects, the Astros need to make a move to replenish their system. Trading Carter for two prospects makes the most sense at this time.

    In Heredia the Astros get a 20-year old lottery ticket. Heredia signed a $2.6 million deal as a 16-year old from Mexico. He’s struggled on the mound and with injuries his whole career, but the potential still seems to be there, even though he’s struggling again this season.

    The Astros don’t have much third base depth in the majors and so Mathisen is an option here. He hasn’t found his power yet but he’s got the tools the Astros covet (ability to draw walks, consistent hard contact).

    Why The Pirates Would Do It

    The Pirates are looking for a platoon partner for Pedro Alvarez and Chris Carter could be a nice match. Alvarez hits just .175 vs. lefties, and while Carter is hitting just .194 vs. lefties this year, his career numbers are a lot better when hitting against lefties.

    The Pirates are again contenders this season and could use another power bat in their lineup. Carter tends to improve post All-Star break so he could be a nice buy-low for the Pirates.

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