By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on June 1, 2014
The Houston Astros saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday, and they now have a 24-33 record while still occupying last place in the American League West.
The Astros are still a rebuilding team, so some of their veteran players may grab interest from contending teams. Here are five players Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow will be taking calls about before July's trade deadline.-
Crain has yet to pitch for the Astros this season after undergoing biceps surgery during the offseason and developing bursitis in his shoulder. If he can return to action soon, Crain's status as a free agent after the season could make him appealing to contending teams.
Kuechel could be part of the future in Houston at age 26, and he was dominant in May with a 2.14 ERA and 34:7 K/BB ratio in six starts (46.2 innings). But he had a 5.15 ERA over 31 appearances (22 starts) for the Astros in 2013, and Kuechel's value on the trade market may only go down from here.
A soon-to-be 36-year old closer seems to have little value to the Astros. But Qualls' contract, with two more full seasons left on it after this year, may be a road block to a trade.
Guzman is now approaching 30 years old, and he's never quite been able to find regular playing time and put it all together as a major league hitter. But his solid track record against left-handed pitching (.271 career batting average, .773 OPS) may be enough to grab interest from more than one contender.
Feldman has pitched very well overall this season, with a 3.02 ERA in eight starts. But he has a 5.40 ERA over his last three outings heading into his next start Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, and his trade value may never be higher than it is right now.
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