All Things Astros and a whole lot more
Hello friends, it’s a Free Blog Weekend, the tradition that began over a decade ago at the Chronicle. Today, you can take the discussion where you want, but I’ll get it started with a few thoughts.
How do you like that trade now?
The Astros have made quite a few eye-opening, head-scratching trades in the Jeff Luhnow era. Often, many of us shake our heads at the moves, even drawing conclusions that trades are not Luhnow’s strong point. However, several of those trades — especially those huge multi-player trades — were made because of a burgeoning roster rather than lose certain players in the Rule 5 draft. Others were made because the team had concluded a certain player may not ultimately perform at the level where he was currently ranked. Still, others the organization had just given up on (e.g. Jonathan Villar, Dan Straily).
In the case of many trades, the Astros may have appeared to be losers on the surface. Now, however, some of those trades have begun to either even out or swing in the direction of the Astros.
Here are a couple. Where do these stand now?
Many fans wailed when Cosart was traded, but this is a trade that, at the moment, seems to lean Houston.
Gattis has performed well, but it’s Ruiz and Hoyt who may ultimately determine the outcome of this one.
Changing gears to a much-discussed subject, the Astros are still interested in Jose Quintana. And the White Sox appear to be still discussing the subject as well. The move would clearly improve the 2017 rotation and it could clearly upgrade the Astros into the next decade. The more the Astros discuss, and the more teams that are involved (the Cardinals, Pirates and Yankees are still considering), the more likely it is that the Sox may pry away a high prospect like Kyle Tucker or Marte.
The problem with trading Marte is that Marte may well become Jose Quintana himself in a few years. So that question is whether you want to stay the course with a top prospect who may not develop into a front line starter for a few years or make the investment for a now return.
As for suggested rule changes, baseball is becoming a bit like football. Too many little things that seemingly make no difference?
And a few questions to start the weekend: