It’s trade deadline day!
We now have hours to go before 3 p.m. CDT, the rapidly-approaching culmination of all of the hard work that the Houston Astros front office has put together over the past couple of weeks to make this team even better.
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It’s has been quite a whirlwind over these past few days and the tidbits about the Astros next big target continue to get juicier, day-by-day.
And it’s getting even juicier…
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Astros are in serious pursuit of relieving pitcher Craig Kimbrel with the New York Yankees hot on their trail:
Also add the Boston Red Sox as possible suitors for Kimbrel’s services as well:
With now three teams — including the Astros — in the hunt for Kimbrel, this is going to get quite interesting in terms of who will come out as the victor!
Kimbrel, who has some amazing velocity with his pitches also couples it with a unique, pigeon-like stance at the mound.
It’s actually quite intriguing to watch him do work and quite honestly, whatever way we wants to pitch is fine with me.
All I’m worried about is if the amount of talent that he has is enough to translate to wins for this ball club!
And with the level of talent that he has, there’s no doubt that he’d be the epitome of that.
But he won’t be cheap — Kimbrel is set to make between $11 and $13 million over the next three season as part of four-year, $42 million contract he signed with the Atlanta Braves, his former team.
So just who’d I’d give up for him?
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As I’ve said repeatedly, guys named Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel, George Springer and Lance McCullers Jr. are untouchable but McCullers to a lesser extent.
This leaves the door wide-open for the plethora of prospects and talent that’s available on our roster that has been put together over the years.
It’s all a matter of who the Padres want and I honestly think that the Astros have the goods.
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Who knows who they’re dangling to get the talent that they need!
The Astros better do everything they can to win this one — even though they’re brushing up against the utmost in competition in terms of deep pockets, it’s time to put their money where their mouth is!
Kimbrel, 27, a four-time All-Star in a career spanning just six seasons, has posted a 1-2 record with a 2.68 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 30 saves through 42 games this season.
His FIP (2.46) and WHIP (1.091) remain strong.
In case you’ve been under a rock as of late, the MLB trade deadline as at 3 p.m. CDT.