Astros Rumors: Outfield Prospect Preston Tucker Available For Trade?

After some deft offseason moves and a blazing start to the 2015 MLB season, the Houston Astros look to be full-fledged buyers before the trade deadline for the first time in a long time.

According to Matt Goldman of SBNation, one player the Astros may consider using as a trade chip is valuable outfield prospect Preston Tucker:

Since the offense is largely set, GM Jeff Lunhow can deal his prospect position players without the fear of not being able to find players to score runs. Preston Tucker wasn't on any top ten prospect lists, but has been remarkably valuable for the Astros in the minor leagues. He had fantastic statistics in every stop at the minors, and in ten games in MLB, has a wRC+ of 172. Tucker owns a slash line of .310/.412/.552 and showcased some tremendous power.

Tucker hasn't been able to get much playing time in the Astros outfield, and is likely trade bait for anyone with a decent starting pitcher. While (Oakland A's GM) Billy Beane said that he hasn't fielded any calls on Scott Kazmir yet, he makes a lot of sense for the Astros. Kazmir is in the last season year of a two-year deal, and won't require any of the team's top prospects like Correa, or Mark Appel.

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