CBS Houston – The Major league baseball trade deadline has come and gone. For other teams around the league, it was a big day with a flurry of moves right before the 3:00 pm central deadline.
For the Houston Astros, it came and went pretty much unnoticed, they made one move – sending reliever Scott Feldman to the BlueJays – but did not pull the trigger on any blockbuster deals.
“Almost every player that got moved, we were involved in the discussions in one-way shape or form over the last couple of weeks,” General Manager Jeff Luhnow, “we just made the decision that the cost for us was too high.”
Last year the Astros acquired three pieces for the stretch run to the playoffs before the deadline, this year while the team is considered better, they chose to stand pat.
“This team was the best team in baseball for the last three months, expect for this last little stretch that we went through,” Luhnow said, “I think they have a chance to continue to be the best team in baseball over the next two months, we have a really solid young core (group) of players.”
The has made moves, they just haven’t done it through trades. Recently the team called up prospect Alex Bregman, Monday the team added top pitching prospect Joe Musgrove, and they still have Yulieski Gurriel on the way very soon.
While the Texas Rangers went out and made trades for New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran and Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. They had to part ways with three of their number one picks from the last fives years to get the deals done.
“I know it’s highly unsatisfying for fans when we don’t’ make big moves at the deadline, especially when other teams do, I get that, I understand that,” Luhnow said, “the reality is we’re doing what we think is the right thing for the organization.”
The Astros this year have not been shy at calling up prospect after prospect in order to find someone that can catch fire and be a mainstay in Houston. While it has not worked very much, they have been very aggressive turning to their farm system.
Last year the Astros paid heavily (prospect wise) to bring in three players. This year two players remain on the team from last year and both guys have been very up and down this season.
Bringing in the big names is always fun, but it doesn’t always equal a championship.
By not giving up on any prospect the team considered the “future” Luhnow is confident the team is not only built for now, but also for the years to come.