Well folks, here we are again. The Astros are apparently set to trade some of their better players. No, it’s not Roy O or Lance or even Hunter or Michael.
Even on another probable 100-loss team, this team has marketable players with names like Bud and Erik or Jose. They don’t hold places in the record books. Unfortunately, they don’t even hold valuable places in our memories.
They could, however, be answers to trivia questions one day. Just like Jarred Cosart or Jonathan Singleton or perhaps even Jonathan Villar. As in, how did the Astros acquire . . . ?
Still, the Astros are where they are: On pace for 108 losses at this point. Six losses in the last seven games. One win — eight losses — since the All Star break. Few teams in the majors — nevermind just the AL — are more anemic at the plate: .234 average, .293 OBP, .666 OPS to go along with a major-league leading strikeout total (934).
But here’s the primary question for the weekend: Will the Astros be better after the trade deadline passes? After all the speculation and rumors end and the uncertainty settles into the “rest of the season”, will the team actually improve. There is historical precedence for a “yes” answer.
But this time, if players like Norris, Bedard and Veras are gone, there will be few veterans remaining. At least “veterans” of more than just a season or two.
It’s a free blog weekend, but wondering also about where you are on the Astros? Have you given up hope? Are you still paying attention? Losing faith in Porter and Luhnow?
The Astros have blown through 41 players already this season…with one third of the games left to go in 2013. The record: 50. With trades, injuries, callups and other probable moves, 50 doesn’t seem that far off.
Here are some Free Blog Weekend conversation starters:
- If Veras indeed is traded, who becomes the closer? Maybe the “Jose-in-waiting”, as in Cisneros?
- Time to shake up a little more and send Lucas Harrell and Travis Blackley to OKC? Who else should go?
- Early, early thoughts on Jonathan Villar?
- Take a look at this roster and remove Norris, Bedard and Veras (if they’re traded): When Jason Castro, Justin Maxwell and Brett Wallace are among the oldest players on the roster, that has to be a concern, no?
- Will Alex Rodriguez (hard to call him “ARod” anymore) every play for the Yankees again? For that matter, will/should he ever play in the majors again?