The Houston Astros currently lead the American League West Division by 3 ½ games over the Oakland Athletics. The Astros have an excellent shot at making the postseason for the fifth consecutive season and six out of the last seven seasons. As good as they have been, they could always look to make a move at the Major League Baseball trade deadline to make a strong team even stronger. So what exactly do the Astros need?
You would think another reliever or two would be the ideal move. Craig Kimbrel, Kendall Graveman, Richard Rodriguez, and Taylor Rogers could be some names to keep an eye on. However, adding another starting pitcher could be the way to go. Adding a frontline ace pitcher like Max Scherzer could be the missing piece to propel the Astros to another World Series championship. It would also allow a current starter to come out of the bullpen. The Astros are no strangers to making a blockbuster move to acquire an ace pitcher to help them make a deep postseason run. They did that in 2017 when they acquired Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers which helped them capture their first World Series championship. In 2019, they made another move. This time making a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for Zach Greinke. Greinke helped lead the Astros to the World Series where they fell just short of another championship dropping the series to the Washington Nationals in seven games.
Of course, those moves were made by former general manager Jeff Luhnow, and it will be interesting to see what direction new GM James Click decides to go. Adding a reliever seems the ideal way to go since the bullpen has been shaky. Going all-in for an ace like Scherzer would be an aggressive move if Click is willing to go that route. If he decides to do that it could propel the Astros to another World Series with a chance at winning their second title. The countdown to the trade deadline and October begins now.