There’s no question that the Houston Astros are going to be
sellers this summer, it just remains to be seen which players will be moved. At
this point, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports the Astros have ongoing trade
talks involving starting pitcher Bud Norris and closer Jose Veras.
#Astros have ongoing trade talks about Bud Norris and Jose Veras, as I just told @LaurenShehadi on #TheRundown. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 28, 2013
Norris has been on the trade block seemingly forever. He’s
expected to be moved this summer, and some consider him a candidate to be the
first significant player dealt.
Houston could elect to trade Norris sooner than later in
order to sell high as he’s in the midst of a career year. The 28-year-old has
posted an ERA and WHIP of 3.35 and 1.373 over 17 starts spanning 102 innings.
Norris is making $3 million this season, and he’s not slated
to hit the free agent market until after the 2015 season. While he’s not
considered to be an ace, Norris has proven a durable starter over his five
seasons in the majors. He owns a career ERA and WHIP of 4.26 and 1.397.
Entering the season, Jose Veras had five career saves over
seven seasons in the majors. The Astros saw enough value and potential to give
the 32-year-old a $2 million contract and name him their closer. He’s been
solid for Houston, posting an ERA and WHIP of 3.71 and 1.118 with a 2.71
strikeout-to-walk ratio while compiling 16 saves over 34 appearances.
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