Astros & Mariners




Astros & Mariners

January 13, 2020


Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Haniger 28 Majors OF Medium 3.0 64.5 15.0 49.5 43.1 49.5 56
Murphy 28 Majors C High 4.0 20.4 10.5 9.9 7.9 9.9 11.9
Sheffield 23 Majors SP Low 5.0 31.7 13.0 18.7 16.1 18.7 21.3
Smith 26 Majors OF Medium 3.0 4.8 2.4 2.5 2 2.5 2.9
Thompson-Williams Minors OF 1.4 1.1 1.4 1.7
Vogelbach 26 Majors 1B DH Medium 5.0 9.4 7.0 2.4 1.4 2.4 3.3


Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Alvarez 22 Majors 1B DH Very low 6.0 116.0 46.0 70 68 74.8 81.6
Lopez Minors RHP 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.7
Santana Minors 2B 2.4 1.9 2.4 2.9
Straw 24 Majors OF SS Medium 5.0 14.3 7.7 6.6 5.2 6.6 8
  1. John Bitzer

    Not a bad time to try to pluck some stars from the Astros while they have no GM…

    • Sean Ricky-Bobby

      They certainly are in a position to push some chips in. Losing those picks stalls the systems ability to refresh and they already spent some capital this past season. Might be smart to use a young arm and/or Tucker to bring in a pitcher that fits the Verlander/Grienke window.

      • John Bitzer

        I suspect they will just fly in a holding pattern for a year until they bring in a new GM, at which point they’ll be closer to a rebuild.

        • Sean Ricky-Bobby

          Yeah no way an interim GM makes a trade. If I’m the new GM I’m selling Tucker Toro and Urquidy to beef the rotation pen and catcher situation.

  2. Kurt Eger

    My logic behind this trade is that the Astros are maximizing the trade value for Alvarez and in turn getting back a star outfielder (Haniger), a Alvarez-light DH (Vogelbach), another mid-rotation prospect (Sheffield), an outfield prospect (D.T-W), a more polished 4th outfielder/pinch-runner (M. Smith>Straw), and a long term catching option who at worst is a lefty killing backup (Murphy). With Springer, Brantley, and Reddick due to hit free agency in a year, this would allow them to trade one, two or all for prospects while maintaining their team-production through the acquisition of a longer term asset in Haniger and promotion of Tucker. Whitley and Sheffield should eventually patch most of the holes left in the rotation going forward. This extends their window by a couple years until they can start reloading through the draft and international signings. While the Astros will have money to spend next offseason, they won’t benefit as much from offering Springer (2021), Brantley (2021), or Correa (2022) arbitration, plus two of those players will be a couple years on the wrong side of 30. If I was the Astros, I would jump at reloading my roster with long term assets while maintaining competitiveness. Anything short of some trade like this and it won’t be long before Bregman and some of the other stars begin looking for a trade out of town to prove themselves to the league, the writers, and the fans.

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