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3 Players the Astros Should Trade for at the Deadline for a World Series Run

Adam Taylor McKillop
Check out three players the Houston Astros should trade for at the deadline for a World Series run.
Check out three players the Houston Astros should trade for at the deadline for a World Series run. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The Houston Astros look primed to make another World Series run 2021. This team sits in second-place (and gaining ground) in the AL West with an overall record of 26-22. Houston also boasts one of the best lineups in baseball, scoring 250 runs across 48 games. As a result, FanDuel Sportsbook's latest MLB odds give the Astros the sixth-best odds (+1600) at winning the title.

However, this team still has areas to improve – particularly pitching and behind the plate. Here are three players the Astros should target ahead of the league's trade deadline in July to push themselves over the top for a World Series run.

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1. Michael Fulmer, SP/RP

Michael Fulmer
Michael Fulmer adds a versatile pitching arm to Houston's rotation or bullpen. / Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Michael Fulmer found himself in the bullpen for the Detroit Tigers this season and it seems to have sparked his career. The 28-year-old has recorded 19.0 innings out of the pen this season and owns a 2.84 ERA, 1.000 WHIP and 7 games finished. Houston's bullpen hasn't been terrible, but it's clearly the one area this team needs to improve on. The Astros' bullpen ranks just 19th in the league for ERA (4.25). Fulmer also has starting pitching capabilities and can fill those holes if the injuries persist.

2. Sean Doolittle, RP

Sean Doolittle
Sean Doolittle would be an excellent bullpen addition for the Astros. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Sean Doolittle is another prime trade candidate for the Astros to target and improve their bullpen. The left-hander isn't enjoying the greatest of years, but a change of scenery might do the trick. The Cincinnati Reds are on a steady decline and may end up as sellers by the deadline. Doolittle owns a career 3.12 ERA with 211 games finished. His ERA stands at 4.15 this season, but only in 17.1 innings of work, which is a small sample size.

3. Willson Contreras, C

Willson Contreras
Willson Contreras is a great catching option for Houston to target at the deadline. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Cubs are teetering on the edge of .500 baseball and will need to make a decision whether they are buying or selling at this year's trade deadline. Chicago is 25-22, but a couple of bad weeks could put them in a perilous spot. For Contreras, his value is as high as ever. He's slashing .245/.352/.439 with 8 home runs and 22 RBIs. For the Astros, Martin Maldonado hits well below .200 and commands the starting duty mainly for his defense. Jason Castro is a slightly better option (career-high .271 this season) at the plate, but that seems to be an aberration. Contreras is both an above-average hitter and plus-defender.

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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.