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Houston Astros News: July 21, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, July 21, 2017.

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Houston Astros News

Astros' Talks For Sonny Gray Reportedly "Heating Up" - MLB Trade Rumors
Talks between the Astros and Athletics for right-hander Sonny Gray are reportedly heating up. Read more at MLB Trade Rumors.

What are the Dodgers and Astros looking to do at the deadline?
With playoff spots inevitable, MLB's two juggernauts have the flexibility to say no. But should they choose to pursue deals -- perhaps for an outfield bat in L.A. or a pitcher in Houston -- it'll be only for October's sake.

Astros, A's talks heat up over Sonny Gray |
The Astros and White Sox have spoken about trade possibilities since last offseason, if not before. But when the White Sox made two major deals this month, they sent pitchers to other teams: Jose Quintana to the Cubs; David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees. So, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is looking elsewhere to upgrade his rotation and bullpen -- and the available options are becoming clearer.

MLB trade rumor grades: Sonny Gray to the Astros? -
The A’s have the biggest trade chip on the starting market. The Astros have an acute need. Is this the match?

Carlos Correa of Houston Astros goes on DL with thumb injury
Astros All-Star Carlos Correa, who exited Monday night's game with a left thumb injury, was put on the disabled list with a torn ligament on Tuesday.

Houston Astros Should Expedite Zach Britton Pursuit Before Deadline - Houston - Scout
With the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning talks with the Baltimore Orioles for their All Star Closer Zach Britton, the Astros need to step up.

How the Astros have done when Carlos Correa doesn't play - Houston Chronicle
The Astros are going to have to make do without Carlos Correa until sometime in September after he had surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb Wednesday.

Around the League

The Rangers are checking on Yu Darvish’s trade value -
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at Yu Darvish trade rumors, Cody Bellinger’s take on the LA spotlight, and an impending Jaime Garcia trade.

MLB trade rumors roundup: Justin Verlander, Justin Wilson, and more -
Trade rumors keeps on turnin’, rumor roundup keeps on burnin’.

MLB trade rumor grade: Justin Verlander to the Brewers? -
The Brewers could use pitching, and the Tigers would love to have one fewer super expensive contract.

All the best moments from recent ‘Game of Thrones’ theme nights around baseball -
Bruce Bochy looks way too comfortable on his Iron Throne.

This adorable 2-year-old got friggin' amped when Charlie Blackmon entered the All-Star game -
This is the absolute best.

Salvador Perez steals his 1st base in 2 years -
Who says catchers are slow? Not Royals backstop Sal Perez.

Twins reportedly close to acquiring Jaime Garcia from Braves -
Multiple teams were reportedly interested before this trade partnership crystallized.

Cody Bellinger is happy to let Lonzo Ball have the LA sports spotlight -
Los Angeles’ historic franchises have little in common these days besides their homes.

2017 MLB trade deadline rumor tracker -
All the trade rumors and completed deals in one convenient place.