Over the last few seasons, the Astros’ front office under the reign of GM Jeff Luhnow has been very active and fairly unpredictable in their actions. Many of the trades they made seemed to come out of left field with very few whispers ahead of time (the Ken Giles trade being an exception). The players included in the trades have sometimes caught the true fans by surprise as players such as Brett Phillips, Vince Velasquez, Nick Tropeano, Jordan Lyles, Jarred Cosart, Mike Foltynewicz and Mark Appel were all sent packing without a blink by the powers that be.
Which brings us to today’s question. Between the majors and minors for the Astros organization, who are the untouchables? Which players will still be in the organization a year from now no matter what?
A best guess of such a list would contain the following folks….
Carlos Correa – This is the most likely answer to the player who will still be here a decade from now. He is already a leader of the team and their best player after a smidgen more than 1/2 a season.
Dallas Keuchel – The guy is smart and gutty and talented and willing to stay on the mound until he is dragged off on his shield. Would Jeff Luhnow be more afraid of telling Dallas he was traded or the fans?
Jose Altuve – He is a fan favorite, a teammate favorite and the motor that drives the offense forward. Mister 200 (hits) is going nowhere with his team friendly contract.
Lance McCullers Jr. – He came up at a tender age and put up very good numbers while being tested by the fire of a hot pennant race.
Ken Giles – You don’t trade away as many assets as they did for Giles without keeping him around awhile. He is safe.
That is the complete list of major leaguers that are untouchable. Really. No need to debate it. Right? And no, it does not include George Springer or Collin McHugh, though there would have to be significant assets coming to the Astros to pry either of them away.
Oh wait a minute, one more. Pitching Coach Brent Strom.
Moving to the minors…..
A.J. Reed – The guy was a beast last season and he plays a position of need for the Astros
Kyle Tucker – If you give 21 year old 1-1 draftee Mark Appel three crummy years to prove himself unworthy, you have to give the 5th overall pick, 18 year old Tucker at least a couple years, right?
Daz Cameron – He has talent, pedigree with his dad, Mike and youth. He is at this point untouchable.
Joe Musgrove – He was about as good as a pitcher could be last season. The Astros have to think this is one pitching asset they will not move and reportedly turned down moving him in the off-season.
And that is the compete list of minor league untouchables as this front office does not blink at trading most prospects.
What do you think? Who would you add or subtract? Do you think anyone is untouchable or could the right offer dazzle anyone out of your hands?