I'm in a photo! See the schlubby guy behind Patti Smith's head? That's my torso. Proof I actually go to games...
Well, the trade deadline has come and gone with the Houston Astros seemingly standing pat. Of course, they made most of their moves before the deadline, so this isn't that surprising.
But, it turns out that Bud Norris and the rest of the roster will be staying in Houston for another few months. There is still a chance that Houston moves guys like Ben Francisco and Matt Downs in the August waiver trading deadline. I'd expect Luhnow could get value there still.
With Norris, the possible availability becomes more interesting. If Houston was talking about him with a number of teams, will he get moved in the offseason? As a general rule, those kinds of trades bring back more impact prospects, because a team gets a full year of a player's services.
Of course, Norris is also going to be under team control for another three seasons, but enters his first year of arbitration eligibility this winter. Houston will certainly have the money in the payroll to give him a pretty good bump, but he also would make a cheap option for teams looking for a young, controllable player then. Maybe something works out with the Dodgers again?
Again, it's fairly surprising Houston didn't pull the trigger on anything here, but it's not out of left field. GM Jeff Luhnow had already made a ton of moves to this point, and leveraged his timing to make some pretty good deals, judging by what the guys moved now went for.
What are your thoughts? Sad Houston didn't add any other prospects? Glad this bare bones team is still here? Think anyone gets moved in August?