Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has been rather quiet at this year's annual meetings thus far, but stated that he did not intend to leave Nashville empty handed. The first move he makes could be a Wilton Lopez trade to the Colorado Rockies according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. No word yet on who the Astros may acquire in the Deal. Renck mentioned that the Astros like Parker Frazier but then later stated that Frazier would not be in any potential deal, but that the Rockies would look to send two young pitchers the Astros way.
This marks the second time this offseason that rumors have surfaced involving a potential Wilton Lopez trade. The 29-year-old was almost traded to the Phillies last month before the deal stalled. No official word was given from the Astros on the Phillies deal, but it was rumored that the Phillies backed out after concerns over Wilton's elbow.
Lopez would provide a boost to a Rockies bullpen that posted a combined 4.52 ERA in 2012, though part of that high ERA was due to the team's creativity in piggybacking relievers. It appears now that they are looking to bring in a proven veteran in Lopez to help anchor the bullpen in the later innings.
As for the Astros, it appears that they will acquire two young pitching prospects from the Rockies, though no word yet on who they might be. We will keep you posted.