Houston Astros: 3 thoughts on the team’s heist of the 2019 trade deadline

Houston Astros general manger Jeff Luhnow (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Thought #3: A happening accentuated with a loud thud


While those moves were instrumental, it wasn’t enough to shift the tide. Just when it looked like things would be content and another trade deadline passed with no flair,

“(Undertaker’s Bell Rings)”

We were given this shocker.


I mean, Justin Verlander is bound for the hall of fame. Gerrit Cole is a guy that if he continues to have success could be there too. But Zack Greinke? We’re talking about baseball’s version of the Big 3 here. Move over LeBron, D-Wade and Chris Bosh. Move over Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

Here’s why this trade was a shocker.

Two Cy-Young award winners that are in the top 10 in ERA. Three guys with ERA under 3.00 and four guys that are in the top 15 in ERA. Plus, you’re putting them on a team with an offense so scary that the apocalypse might be coming sooner than you think.

In the words of Scooby-Doo, r’uh-roh.


While this trade is an impactful one right from the sound of it on a positive note, the negative side

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is that we lose three of our top five prospects in Corbin Martin, J.B. Bukauskas and Seth Beer.

Whether this will hurt the future of the farm system remains to be seen because the Astros have been believers of building a consistent winner. But the best part is that Kyle Tucker is still around as is Forest Whitley.

Ultimately, the goal is to win the World Series and this trade further propels us to win our second title in three years. Now, there is no guarantee that this trade will contribute to us winning it all.

We might find ourselves in another year of heartbreak again. But if we do win, it would be because this team was the only one brave enough to take a stand and pay up while others sat around hesitant to do such a thing.

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Sure, the Braves and Nationals made some moves as well. But we stole the show this year. Just when we start to wonder if Luhnow would be hesitant to make a trade because his prized prospect was what others wanted, he pulls another Hogan’s Heroes moment and keeps Tucker while getting the top player in the deadline. Let’s hope we can build on that momentum and take it back.