Astros Have Unrealistic Expectations for Starting Pitcher Trade

Devon Platana
The Houston Astros reportedly have unrealistic expectations for a potential starting pitcher trade.
The Houston Astros reportedly have unrealistic expectations for a potential starting pitcher trade. / AP Photo/Kevin M. Cox

The MLB trade deadline is coming up on Tuesday, Aug. 2, leaving championship contenders looking for ways to improve their lineup. One team to watch is the Houston Astros, who are trying to improve offensive support after averaging only

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros hope to move a starting pitcher in return for "major-league help," such as a catcher or center fielder. Unfortunately for general manager James Click, that goal is quite an unrealistic expectation to have.

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The reason why the Astros' trade logic is flawed is simple. Any team thinking of acquiring a starting pitcher is already a contender that'd rather give up prospects than MLB talent. There's no point for a selling team to bring in pitching help when the playoffs aren't even on their mind.

When it comes to which pitcher could be out the door, names like Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez are easily safe. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported on Wednesday that right-handed starter José Urquidy could be the top candidate to be moved.

Urquidy has been solid for Houston this season, going 9-4 in 18 starts with a 3.93 ERA and 1.232 WHIP. The 27-year-old could be enticing for any team looking to add a pitcher, whether they're a contender or otherwise, due to his being under team control until 2026.

Even though Rosenthal said the Astros could chase a catcher or center fielder, the club has been tied to Washington Nationals slugger Josh Bell multiple times. Considering that the Nationals have the second-worst team ERA (5.13) this year, perhaps Urquidy is a player they'd consider even though he's far from a prospect.

With less than a week to go until the deadline, it remains to be seen if the Astros' high trade expectations will be met or if they must try a new strategy.

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