2. Trade for Matt Moore of the Tampa Bay Rays
Starting pitching is always tough to come by at the MLB trade deadline. Almost every competitive team is looking to at least add depth to their starting rotation. With that in mind, the Rays have seemingly been thinking about trading one of their young starters this year.
With so much need for starting pitching on the market, the Rays can expect to get a strong return for their pitchers. According to Nick Carfado of the Boston Globe, the Astros are one of many teams who have shown interest in Rays’ left-handed starter Matt Moore.
Moore is an extremely talented pitcher who has always shown a ton of upside. That being said, he has struggled since returning from Tommy John surgery. His 4.46 ERA through 18 starts this season leaves plenty to be desired.
While Moore has not been as effective as he once was, the stuff is still there. The price will not be cheap, but if the Astros want to add some upside to their rotation, they could certainly do a lot worse than Moore.
Houston has a ton of young, impact talent that could entice the Rays in a trade. That being said, with so many teams seemingly interested in the 27-year-old starter, the asking price will not be cheap.
The Astros certainly have the talent to spare, and Moore could undoubtedly help take them to the next level both in 2016 and beyond. Is there a middle ground that makes sense for both sides? That remains to be seen, but I imagine the Astros will be major players if Moore is truly available.
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