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Houston Astros: 5 Whispers Before the 2014 Trade Deadline

Houston Astros: 5 Whispers Before the Trade Deadline

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The Houston Astros are in a unique position this year. They do not have much to move in terms of veteran players. They are in the state of calling up their young talent to get them experience in the majors. They are not making a run at the playoffs, and they are not selling off everyone they can. It will be an interesting trade deadline for the Astros.

5. Chad Qualls

Chad Qualls
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5. Chad Qualls

Chad Qualls
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The Astros' best reliever isn’t going anywhere, according to the team. The only way Qualls is traded is if the Astros are blown away with an offer. Qualls is a few years away from retirement, making it even less likely that a team would be willing to make a significant offer for him.

4. Chris Carter

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4. Chris Carter

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Carter can offer a team a power bat. He has 20 home runs this season and has driven in 46 runs for the Astros. The problem is that he is only hitting .212 and has struck out 110 times. If a team gets desperate enough for a hitter with pop, Carter could be on the move. It makes more sense for the Astros to let him get his average up a bit and try to move him in the offseason.

3. Young Starting Pitchers

Collin McHugh
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3. Young Starting Pitchers

Collin McHugh
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The Astros have come out and said they are willing to trade one of the starting pitchers from their staff in the majors or at their triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. This sounds like they are taking offers on Collin McHugh. Getting anything of real value for McHugh would be a steal after the Astros claimed him on waivers in December. The Astros aren’t likely to move Dallas Keuchel with the breakout year he is having.

2. Jason Castro

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2. Jason Castro

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Jason Castro has had a slow season with his bat. The offensive numbers aren’t where they were at this point last season. Trading him wouldn’t make much sense at this point. The Astros are not going to sell low on a player who has been in an All-Star in the past. Look for the Astros to hold on to Castro, who is still arbitration-eligible.

1. Josh Fields

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1. Josh Fields

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Fields has gained his velocity back since rejoining the Astros after an injury. He has dropped his ERA down into the low-4.00s. The Astros need all the bullpen help they can get, but if they can get a solid prospect for the relief pitcher, they may move him. The right-hander has seen spots as the closer this year while throwing a sneaky 95 mph heater.

Lucas Davis is a Houston Astros writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @LDinthe260, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google network.