The Astros search for a starting pitcher has seen Houston target Jose Quintana, Jake Odorizzi, Chris Archer, and Danny Duffy. We can also add another Royals RHP Yordano Ventura.
MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports the team is still looking into all options to upgrade their rotation.
The Royals have already shown they're looking to reduce their salary entering the 2016 season after trading Wade Davis for Jorge Soler.
Ventura, 25, struggled last season with an 11-12 record with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts. But he averaged a 2.55 fWAR in his two previous seasons before his 1.5 fWAR in 2016. Ventura signed a five-year contract in 2015. The deal includes team options in 2020 and 2021.
The Astros had already been linked to Danny Duffy, who only has one year of control remaining.