3 Trades The Houston Astros Could Make At The Trade Deadline

We're less than three weeks away from the 2015 MLB trade deadline, which means there are plenty of rumors swirling around the Houston Astros and what they might do on the trade market. Here are three trades they could make at the deadline:

Trade plethora of prospects to Reds for Johnny Cueto

Houston has been "aggressively pursuing" Cueto, according to Sports Illustrated, and are willing to do almost anything to get him. For a Reds team that is starting a rebuild, getting multiple top prospects that are expected to develop into MLB starters would be a great return. Houston is competing with Toronto and Kansas City for him, but their top farm system figures to put them at the front of the pack.

Trade plethora of prospects to Padres for James Shields

The Padres have asked teams about any possible interest in James Shields, according to Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com. If that's the case, Shields suddenly becomes arguably the best pitcher on the market, drawing the interest of the Astros. If Houston misses out on Cueto, look for them to go after Shields with everything they have.

Trade prospect to Phillies for Ken Giles

GM Jeff Luhnow tells Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that the Astros are looking for a hard-throwing bullpen arm this month.

“I think you can always use another good arm,” said Luhnow. “You look at the arms we have in the bullpen: we’ve got a sinker baller, a slider guy, different looks. Neshek is a funky guy. The one guy we’re probably missing is the flamethrower guy. …but those guys are hard to find. Certainly we’re going to keep our eyes open.”

The most likely candidate is Philadelphia's Ken Giles, who has an ERA under 2.00 in his two seasons in the league, and Houston should be able to get him for relatively cheap.

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