3 Trade Deadline Moves Houston is lucky they didn’t

Josh Bell, Astros

WASHINGTON, MD – AUGUST 12: Josh Bell #24 of the San Diego Padres looks on after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Houston Astros did well at the 2022 MLB trade deadline by not taking those trades.

That Houston Astros are by far the best team in the American League. You’ve done almost everything right in the last few years. Drafting, free agent signings, extensions and trades have all gone very well. All of this has culminated in the club reaching the ALCS in each of the last five seasons.

Their post-close acquisition has been going pretty well so far, but prior to the close they were interested in a few other players. Luckily for the Astros, they haven’t traded for them as many of them have struggled in the past few weeks since the close.

Here are three trade deadline moves the Astros luckily didn’t make.

Houston Astros: 3 Trade Deadline Moves They Luckily Didn’t Make

1) Acting for Josh Bell

The Astros have had a surprisingly difficult time at first base this year. Yuli Gurriel won the American League Bats title last year with a .321 batting average, but he wasn’t good this year. On Wednesday, he had played 112 games and averaged .248/.297/.380 with an OPS+ of 93.

Josh Bell was with the Nationals and became the Astros’ #1 option to address first base (and the DH spot with Yordan Álvarez on the IL at the time). Ken Rosenthal from the athlete. There were good reasons for that too. When the Nationals had Bell, he should have been an all-star. He hit .301/.384/.493 with 14 homers, 57 RBI, 24 doubles and a 152 OPS+ in 103 games before they traded him with Juan Soto to the Padres.

With the Padres he has played in 19 games and he has hit .132/.263/.250 with an OPS+ of 50 making him one of the most disappointing players to trade as of reporting date.

https://fansided.com/2022/08/25/astros-3-trade-deadline-moves-houston/ 3 Trade Deadline Moves Houston is lucky they didn’t

John Verrall

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