The tradition continues! September in July in Houston. For the fourth consecutive year, the Astros have shuffled the deck, but it’s only the beginning. How many teams beat the deadline with trades and bring up top prospects, all in the space of a few weeks?
Top Astros’ prospects Jarred Cosart (#4) and Jonathan Villar (#12) have made the major league roster significantly younger after Carlos Pena and Ronny Cedeno were designated for assignment Sunday.
Is Jeff Luhnow’s reconstruction project off course? Or has it just taken some detours this season?
With every move under the microscope, Luhnow is bound to miss some. But frankly, it’s time he hits on a couple. Carlos Pena and Ronny Cedeno were gambles, Pena more so than Cedeno. Chris Carter, Erik Bedard, Rick Ankiel, Philip Humber, all risks. Even Lucas Harrell and Travis Blackley were somewhat of a gamble.
But, answer this: Which move this season was not a gamble? There were few sure bets. Sure, Luhnow perhaps could have minimized the liability, but there were only a handful of “sure things” when spring training started. Jose Altuve, Bud Norris and… Well, Jose Altuve and Bud Norris.
Luhnow still has a shot to turn a couple of his gambles into wins for the Astros.
It would be shocking if Bedard isn’t traded this week or next. Same for Jose Veras, who’s proven to be a low-risk, high-yield gamble. Here are some Sunday evening questions to finish up a weekend in a season that seems to get bleaker and bleaker.
- With Pena and Cedeno goners, who else should follow?
- Assuming he can get major-league ready or upper echelon minor league talent in a trade, which position should Luhnow target?
- Is Luhnow’s reconstruction project in trouble? Or just delayed?
- Should Bo Porter be on the hot seat?
- Why hasn’t anyone thought of playing Jason Castro either at first base or everyday DH?