With just over a week to go until the Major League Baseball trade deadline, a growing consensus is emerging: The best team in baseball will get even better. Sources around the industry are buzzing with reports that the Houston Astros are aggressively pursuing pitching upgrades.
The Houston Astros were dealt a grievous blow this week, as MVP candidate Carlos Correa hit the disabled list after tearing a ligament in his left thumb. Keen readers may remember that Correa injured the same thumb sliding into home on a close play in Atlanta earlier this month. The Astros had hoped that simple rest could cure the problem; now they’ll be without Correa’s superstar services for six to eight weeks.
Welcome to the second half of baseball. The All-Star Game has come and gone (the AL won on a thrilling home run by Seattle’s Robinson Cano), and teams across the league have their sights set on the July 31 trade deadline as they look to upgrade their units for a postseason run or sell off stars in return for minor league talent.