The Houston Astros
I know, most fans consider it a cardinal sin to trade away a star player to a division rival. But the Astro’s are going to be players in the starting pitching market, and they still have a top-ten farm system. It would be foolish for the Rangers not to listen.
Much like the Dodgers, it’s hard to imagine Houston parting ways with their top two prospects, Kyle Tucker and Forrest Whitley for a rental. But a package centered around starting pitcher Franklin Perez and outfielder Derek Fisher could be enough to tempt the Rangers.
Perez was called up to Double-A Corpus Christi last week at only 19 years old. Despite struggling in his first two starts at Double-A, Perez’s 2.98 ERA and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings in High-A is enough to get excited about.
Derek Fisher has an OPS of .967 in 86 games at Triple-A this year. He earned a call-up to the big leagues back in June where he hit two home runs in five games. Fisher has the middle of the lineup potential while being athletic enough to play center field. He can also draw defenses out with his ability to shoot the three.
Potential return – RHP Franklin Perez, OF Derek Fisher, RHP Hector Perez