Astros made three trades including Alex Bregman to the Yankees.

After a poor start, the Houston Astros made three trades to help retool, including Alex Bregman to the Yankees.

The Houston Astros have gone from being a possible World Series contender to the biggest failure in baseball this season, and they are currently near the bottom of the MLB rankings. Even though May is still early, the Astros may need to sell at the MLB trade deadline.
Although Houston added All-Star closer Josh Hader to its roster in an attempt to improve, the squad is currently not talented enough to contend. Houston may need to retool because they are currently well behind the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners in the AL West, and the difference seems to be getting bigger every week.

These are a few Astros transactions that might enhance the team’s prospects in the long run.

After being traded to the Astros, Alex Bregman hasn’t looked like he’s close to signing a new deal. A summer trade might be the wisest course of action for both parties, as the All-Star third baseman is set to become an MLB free agent this winter and Astros owner Jim Crane is not interested in making significant cost additions.

The third baseman for the Yankees is currently ranked 23rd in FanGraphs’ Wins Above Replacement (0.3), despite below-average fielding and a season OPS (.665) that is 19th highest. As DJ LeMahieu continues to struggle with his foot, Bregman offers an immediate improvement at third base. Plus, he should improve at the plate because he is playing in a competitive setting with excellent hitters surrounding him.

The headliner of the return is right-handed pitcher Will Rarren, rated by MLB.com as the seventh-best prospect in the Yankees’ system. Warren, age 24, posted a 3.61 ERA across 99.2 innings at Triple-A last season. While his ERA (4.86) is higher in 2024, he raised his K-BB rate to 18.6 percent). Francisco Vilorio (Yankees’ No. 14 prospect), signed for $1.75 million out of the Dominican Republic and is a high-upside international prospect. Jorbit Vivas, age 23, could make his MLB debut later this season.

Houston Astros ship out Kyle Tucker before contract year

If the Astros are comfortable with the price Bregman wants for a new deal, they have to know a Kyle Tucker contract extension will be even costlier. Tucker is far less likely to be traded but this would be an opportunity for Houston to move him without his acquisition cost being automatically lowered as it would if he’s shipped off as a half-season rental in 2025.

For the Detroit Tigers, this is all about becoming more aggressive as their window of contention opens. Detroit has the assets to pull off a deal for Tucker and 1.5 seasons of control adds additional incentive. Plus, the All-Star slugger’s bat would dramatically improve a Tigers lineup that ranks 23rd in slugging (.363) and batting average (.227) with the 22nd-most runs (149) in MLB.

In exchange, the Astros get a potential long-term Bregman replacement in Colt Keith. While the 22-year-old is struggling this season, he still offers the talent to develop into an All-Star player. He’s also more dependable for Detroit because of the looming presence of Jace Jung. Kevin McGonigle, the 37th overall pick in the 2023 NLB Draft, would become one of the top Astros prospects and could play either spot in the middle infield, potentially in 2027 when Jose Altuve is in his late 30s.

Ronel Blanco shipped off to Milwaukee Brewers

Ronel Blanco has been one of the lone bright spots on the Astros roster this season. Thrown into the Opening Day rotation due to injuries, Blanco threw a no-hitter and still has a 2.80 ERA in his last six starts outside of that brilliant season debut. However, if the Astros can’t compete, there’s no use keeping an old second-year starting pitcher around.

The third baseman for the Yankees is currently ranked 23rd in FanGraphs’ Wins Above Replacement (0.3), despite below-average fielding and a season OPS (.665) that is 19th highest. As DJ LeMahieu continues to struggle with his foot, Bregman offers an immediate improvement at third base. Plus, he should improve at the plate because he is playing in a competitive setting with excellent hitters surrounding him.
It goes without saying that a pitcher in his 30s with only 102.2 major league innings under his belt won’t get much money back. Having said that, this is the ideal moment to optimize Blanco’s trading value. O’Rae, who is 20 years old, has a great horse and has the potential to develop a “plus” sill.

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