Houston Astros GM reveals his goal for upcoming trade deadline

Houston Astros GM reveals his goal for upcoming trade deadline

The Houston Astros are going to be a very busy team ahead of the MLB trade deadline later this month. They want to be aggressive in trade discussions and add talent to be competitive now if possible.

After an up-and-down start to the season, the Astros are currently 47-44, just two games behind the Seattle Mariners in the American League West race.

With just a few weeks until the trade deadline, Houston general manager Dana Brown has spoken out and revealed that he wants to acquire a starting pitcher.

“We’ll do whatever we have to do. It takes two, but it has to make sense for the club. If not, we’ll ask one of these young guys to take over.”

Acquiring a starter would be a big help to the Astros.

With so many injuries this season, Houston’s rotation has been decimated. Justin Verlander also hasn’t been able to return as quickly as expected from his latest injury.

Fortunately, there are plenty of different starting pitchers who could become available at the deadline.

One of the most expensive and high-impact options would be Garrett Crochet. However, the Astros would have to pay a high price to get him. Other potential options could include Erick Fedde, Jack Flaherty, Chris Bassitt, Yusei Kikuchi, Zach Eflin and Cal Quantrill.

Houston will have no shortage of choices to consider.

Needless to say, these comments from Brown set the stage for what could be a very entertaining trade deadline for the Astros. It’s clear he’s serious and wants to win now. However, he’ll also likely prioritize pitchers who can be added for longer than the 2024 season.

If Houston can find a player with control over his future contract, that would be a much more attractive option for them.

That being said, it will be interesting to see what the Astros are able to do later this month. Houston is a legitimate contender in the American League, and a trade or two would make them even more dangerous.

Expect to hear about the Astros in plenty of rumors in the coming days and weeks. Brown has made his intentions clear now and hopefully he can do something significant.