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Billy Butler

Should the Astros trade for him? Yes they should, if the price isn't too steep. He is a good, but not great player, and should be a little cheaper due to a somewhat down year last year. He would come in and be at worst the second best hitter on the team. I understand the argument against trading for another dh only player, but really, how much confidence do you have that Singleton is going to be ready to go anytime soon? Carter can start at first, where he is at least marginally competent, and Butler can dh. Who's the missing man in this situation? Brett Wallace, and I am more than ready for him to be missing. The idea of giving him any more chances to be a starter sickens me, and should sicken everyone who is tired of the Astros being a punchline. Plus, Butler is fat. Who doesn't like fat guys? Part of the beauty of baseball is you can be a great player and a fat slob at the same time. At least if we can make moob jokes next year, that will be an improvement on just focusing on being bad at baseball. Now as to what to give in trade, obviously no elite prospects, but maybe a fringe major leaguer like Hoes, a top 20 prospect, and a org guy. Pricetag isn't terrible for 2 years, and gives Singleton more time to develop and time for Astros to explore other options. Say the Astros go nuts, overpay for Choo, sign a decent starter and two mid level relievers, suddenly you've got a lot more interesting team. One that isn't contending yet, but certainly can as the elite prospects come up. Grossman Altuve Springer Choo Butler Castro Carter Dominguez Villar. Gives you a whole new, and even legitimate, heart of the order. Kazmir Cosart Oberholtzer Peacock Lyles. Wilson Crain Chapman Zeid Lo Valdes Keuchel. Not world beaters yet, but worth watching, if you can watch it. Also, sorry for everything in one big block, but I have no idea how to do formatting on this site.

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