For the Houston Astros, starting pitcher Bud Norris is their most sought-after trade asset.
Astros fans, however, are getting tired of the team trading away their best players year after year. First off, the rebuilding process is a long and painful process. The Astros are an organization that must continue to trade their assets to improve at this stage, and Norris is a big-time asset. By the time the Astros are contending, their pitching staff could be something special, and that isn’t including Norris.
They have some young studs coming through the ranks such as Jarred Cosart, Mike Foltynewicz, Asher Wojciechowski, Lance McCullers Jr., and obviously their no. 1 overall pick Mark Appel.
With the way Norris has pitched, there are many teams interested in the services of the Astros’ ace. When the Miami Marlins traded Ricky Nolasco, it only helped the the package of prospects that the Astros will get in return for Norris, whose salary is cheaper than Nolasco’s.
The Astros must cash in on their chance to improve an already-impressive farm system. GM Jeff Luhnow believes the Astros are closer to being contenders than anyone else believes, so the Astros may target quality over quantity when they make this trade.
At this point right now, there are a ton of contenders looking to make the playoffs. The NL West is an absolute crazy division and every team in that division will be buying at the trade deadline to improve their pitching staffs, especially with the Los Angeles Dodgers surging and trading for Nolasco.