Last Friday in his major-league debut, Houston Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Tampa Bay.
That is part of the future.
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Comparing the 2012 Astros to this year’s version at the All-Star break. Somehow, they’ve gotten even worse. (Note: MLB rankings in parentheses.)
4.0 (25th);Runs;3.7 (28th)
.245 (24th);Batting;.235 (29th)
.381 (24th);Slugging;.374 (29th)
4.8 (28th);Runs allowed;5.3 (30)
4.47 (27th);ERA;4.84 (30)
.982 (21st);Fielding;.980 (30th)
The Astros are unlikely to be as active in the trade market as they were the past two years simply because they have few valuable veteran commodities left to deal. But here are three players to watch:
P Bud Norris: The 28-year-old, who’s 6-8 with a 3.63 ERA, is one of the most reliable starting pitchers being shopped openly. But the asking price is steep: The Astros are said to want two premium prospects. Norris can’t be a free agent until 2016, and that’s appealing to teams like Arizona, Cleveland and Kansas City, along with large-market clubs.
P Jose Veras: The 32-year-old first-time closer has turned around his season, and now looks appealing to a wide range of teams needing late-inning relief. He has 18 saves, a 3.20 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 39 innings. Veras is the most likely Astro to be traded.
P Eric Bedard: Don’t expect much in return, but it makes sense to move the 34-year-old lefty for a B-level prospect. Bedard has a 4.61 ERA over 17 starts and at least is healthy, a big thing for him.