MLB Insider Says Astros Have Shifted Focus to One Catcher Ahead of Trade Deadline

Adam Taylor McKillop
Ken Rosenthal says the Houston Astros shifted their focus to one catcher ahead of the MLB Trade Deadline.
Ken Rosenthal says the Houston Astros shifted their focus to one catcher ahead of the MLB Trade Deadline. / AP Photo/Kevin M. Cox

The Houston Astros are one of the most intriguing buyers ahead of Tuesday's MLB Trade Deadline. With arguably the most complete roster amongst contending teams, and one of the few contenders without a real need for pitching, Houston may have an advantage against other pitcher-needy teams.

The Astros are reportedly looking for some offensive upgrades, specifically at first base and catcher. Although Willson Contreras of the Chicago Cubs is the prized backstop available, MLB insider Ken Rosenthal says Houston has shifted their focus to a different catcher in the trade market.

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Rosenthal's sources indicated the Astros "are focusing more" on Boston Red Sox' Christian Vázquez.

He notes the high price tag for Contreras as possible reasoning behind this move.

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The Red Sox flipped their 2022 season on its head with a dreadful 8-19 record in July. Their overall win-loss mark came crashing down to sub-.500 (51-52) and now the Red Sox have a lot of veteran talent to shop in the next 48 hours.

Vazquez will hit unrestricted free agency after the season, making him a likely candidate to be moved. He's slashing .282/.327/.432 across 84 games played with 8 home runs and 42 RBIs.

This is an obvious upgrade for Houston, and a cheaper option comparatively to Contreras, the heart and soul of the Cubs franchise. The combination of Astros' backstops Martin Maldonado, Jason Castro and Korey Lee hit for a .538 OPS this season, ranking just 27th amongst catcher groups in the MLB.

Houston clearly values the pitcher-catcher relationship and defensive prowess of their unit, but the team also ranks just 12th in runs scored. For a team with serious World Series aspirations, they'll need to improve upon that mark down the stretch.

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