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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 29, 2015

A look around the majors as the trade deadline looms.

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Houston Astros Related News:

Wild West: Slugfest win pulls Astros even with Halos
Jose Altuve drove in a career-high five runs, and Carlos Correa and Chris Carter went deep as the Astros rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Angels, 10-5. The two clubs now sit tied atop the AL West.

Deduno, Peacock likely out for season
Two lengthy disabled-list stints for Astros pitchers Samuel Deduno and Brad Peacock will likely be season-ending, manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday.

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow remains optimistic that Jed Lowrie will return during homestand
The Astros are to re-evaluate Jed Lowrie after his fifth minor league rehab game with Class AA Corpus Christi on Tuesday night. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday afternoon he was hopeful Lowrie would return this homestand.

Astros remain in pursuit of Cole Hamels while keeping eyes elsewhere, too
It doesn’t appear the Astros are injecting themselves into the Hamels competition simply to boost the price for the division-rival Rangers, whom one person predicted would still end up with the lefty ace. Either way, reports of trade talks this time of year can artificially increase markets.

Trade Deadline News:

Analysis: Flurry of MLB trades change landscape
Major League Baseball’s non-waivers trade deadline looms Friday, and already activity is robust. USA TODAY Sports' takes a look at the motivation behind the moves that have gone down.

Yesterday's trades:

The Nationals acquired Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon

The Nats also agreed to terms with Papelbon for next season. The Phillies received Nick Pivetta who is a combined 7-6 with a 3.02 ERA for Class A Advanced Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. He was the No. 12 Nats prospect according to, and he will slot in as the Phils' No. 10 prospect.

The Angels acquired David DeJesus, Murphy
The Angels acquired a couple of left-handed-hitting outfielders on Tuesday, getting David Murphy from the Indians and David DeJesus from the Rays. In exchange for DeJesus, the Angels sent low-level Minor League right-hander Eduar Lopez to the Rays, while Double-A shortstop Eric Stamets went to the Indians for Murphy.

A's trade Ben Zobrist to Royals
If there was any doubt of Royals general manager Dayton Moore's conviction about returning his team to the World Series, that should have been removed with his second major trade in three days. On Tuesday, Moore dealt for Oakland's super utility player Ben Zobrist in exchange for pitching prospects Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks.


Tigers Still Not Selling, Looking At Pitching; Mike Leake "On Radar"
The Tigers are still deciding whether to sell, per reports, but GM Dave Dombrowski says he's focused on the postseason.

Phillies Asking Clubs For Best Offers On Hamels By Today
Last call for Cole Hamels? Hamels’ start has been pushed back to Friday to come after the trade deadline, so it appears Hamels may have made his last start in Philadelphia.

Dodgers Prioritizing Cole Hamels In Search For Pitching

Cole Hamels is reportedly the Dodgers' top priority in their quest for a rotation upgrade. Read more at MLB Trade Rumors.

Diamondbacks Discussing Aroldis Chapman With Reds

The Diamondbacks have engaged in discussions with the Reds regarding ace closer Aroldis Chapman.