The AL West might be the most intriguing division in baseball to watch at the deadline. The division possesses two teams that will (or at least should) be holding fire sales, one big money giant that hasn't yet decided to buy or sell, one contender with a trigger happy GM and another contender desperate to put themselves into prime World Series winning position.
Houston Astros, 30-54. Fifth in division, 17 back of second wild card.
As expected, the Astros are terrible. That is all just part of their plan though. Houston has absolutely no illusions about what they are trying to do and how they are going to rebuild. In other words, with trade season starting up, there is a big, fat "OPEN FOR BUSINESS" sign outside the Juice Box right now.
What that means is that just about every player on the roster who is past their pre-arbitration years should probably start packing up their apartments. They've got a little something for every trade deadline buyer. Need a...