Jun 7, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Tony Sipp (29) pitches in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Minnesota Twins win 8-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Sipp trade rumors: Pitcher wants to stay in Houston

Astros LHP Tony Sipp has been rumored as a trade target for the Braves, Angels and Orioles, but if he has his way he won’t be going anywhere before the deadline.

Sipp told CSNHouston he wants to stay in Houston:

“I don’t want to go anywhere,” Sipp said. “I’m more than happy here. Being that I’ve seen the potential that we have, I want to be a part of that. (The trade talks are) flattering, but in the grand scheme of things, it would mean you’d have to pack up and leave guys that you’ve established relationships with.”

Sipp is one of the Astros’ most valuable trade chips. The lefty reliever has a 2.37 ERA in 30 innings with 42 strikeouts and a .157 BA against. Those kind of numbers will have plenty of teams knocking down the Astros’ door.

But again, Sipp would prefer not to be dealt:

“It’d be really nice to stick around,” Sipp said. “That’s kind of what I plan on doing. That’s kind of why I wanted to make a good first impression, prove that I can be a piece that can make this bullpen stable and I think so far, so good. But obviously, I know there’s a business side to everything and that’s just the business side, but from my standpoint, it’s a lot more like home for me here than I’ve had in the past and I would like to keep it that way.”

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