Monday, February 11, 2013
Could the Astros deal Altuve?
By Doug Mittler
The Houston Astros traded away infielder Jed Lowrie last week, and there was plenty of buzz that GM Jeff Luhnow is willing to deal righthander Bud Norris, scheduled to make $3 million this season.
At this stage, the Astros are “in listen mode on just about anyone,” including second baseman Jose Altuve, reports Nick Cafardo in Sunday’s Boston Globe.
Altuve hit .290 as a rookie last season, made the NL All-Star team and is just 22, so it seems he could be part of Houston’s long-term rebuilding project. But the Astros are willing to accept another 100-loss season and are looking to pile up as many prospects as possible, so no one is off the table. Let's see what happens if a pennant contender loses their second baseman to an injury and place a call to Luhnow.