Astros trades create opportunities 

July, 31, 2013

The Houston Astros dealt several players prior to Wednesday’s non-waiver trade deadline, neither of them attractive for fantasy owners, but as in most cases with bad teams it’s about opportunity created for others waiting to play, or opportunity lost. Right-handed pitcher Bud Norris becomes a member of the Baltimore Orioles and outfielder Justin Maxwell was sent to the Kansas City Royals, and neither for an immediate return that fantasy owners should pay attention to; what we need to keep an eye on is whether outfield prospect George Springer now gets the call.

Springer, 23, has totaled 29 home runs and 35 stolen bases between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City, and while he’s a strikeout machine who has elicited comparisons to former big league outfielder Mike Cameron – for positive and negative reasons – he’s certainly worth a look from a fantasy aspect for the potential in the counting statistics. As of now, there’s no word that the Maxwell deal means Springer gets the call, but keep an eye on this situation.