The tick-tock of the deadline clock continues to get louder and louder!
And you know what?
The Houston Astros have yet to pull the trigger on a deal.
Last night, a plethora of blockbuster trades went down; but surprisingly, the Astros weren’t amongst the teams mentioned that were inking players to deals.
Cole Hamels, a long-time target of the Astros, is now a part of the Texas Rangers in a swap for prospects and cash.
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A three-team, larger-than-life trade occurred last night between the Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves allowing Mat Latos, Michael Morse and Hector Olivera to have a change of scenery. Eight other players were involved making that deal a whopping 11-team trade!
Carlos Gomez, also a target for the Astros was apparently ready to be shipped to the New York Mets but there’s no deal because of concerns about his hip and his future readiness to play.
I have to wonder if the Astros still want him now that news has come out.
My best guess is that they already knew and were willing to negotiate his asking price for a lower amount and maybe that can still happen.
Here’s to hoping!
My team needs to get in on deals like these!
But I have no doubt that the Astros will get something done but my inclination is more toward the deadline tomorrow rather than today.
But they have the ability to surprise me sometimes so maybe a deal can get done even sooner.
That’s what I’m hoping for!
The Astros must strike it while it’s hot before all of the good talent gets snatched up by other teams that are just aggressive as the Astros are.
As of right now, the latest seems to indicate that the Astros are interesting in plucking away some of the San Diego Padres starting pitching.
In specific, they want Tyson Ross according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
According to the Houston Chronicle’s Evan Drellich, a deal for him is “gaining steam” but nothing is “in the red zone” yet.
Ross, just one season removed from being an All-Star, is quite an intriguing pick up, he’s young and does most of his damage with his slider, sinker and four-seam fastball.
All of those pitches sit around the high 80s to mid-90s in terms of miles per hour.
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He’d be able to fall into the starting rotation seamless as he throws and could be one of the difference makers in pushing the team over the top.
Just what it will take to get him?
As you know the Astros have a ton of prospects on the farm to deal as well as nice pieces on the current roster.
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It will take some maneuvering but working with the Padres will be their best opportunity grab some fine talent out of their rotation that they’ve built up over the years.
After all, A.J. Hinch worked in the front office over there for several seasons and although he parted ways mutually, I’m sure he has enough ties to help keep these talks moving but I’m sure he’s more focused in managing a ballclub looking for its first playoff berth in nearly 10 seasons.
A lot of action is going and rest-assured, House of Houston has you covered with the latest in regard to trade deadline action!
Ross, 28, has gone 7-8 with a 3.39 ERA so far this season tossing 137 strikeouts and maintaining a steady 1.386 WHIP and a sterling 2.89 FIP. He has walked a career-high 61 batters this season which kind of a concern but that may have been circumstances far beyond his control.
Let’s make a deal — go ‘Stros!