BOHLS: WHAT ASTROS LOST BY PASS­ING ON BIG TRADES

One thumbs-up, one down for Texas teams’ ap­proach at trade dead­line.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - Kirk Bohls

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy pre­dic­tion:

1. The Hous­ton Astros blew it. Big-time. They have won at a record clip this sea­son, but they clearly lost at Mon­day’s trade dead­line when they could do no bet­ter than ac­quire vet­eran arm Fran­cisco Liri­ano. While the New York Yan­kees went out and ob­tained ace Sonny Gray with­out giv­ing up ei­ther of their top two prospects and the Los Angeles Dodgers swung big and landed Yu Darvish, Astros general man­ager Jeff Luh­now could reel in only a small fish be­cause he re­fused to part with highly rated mi­nor-league out­field­ers Kyle Tucker and Derek Fisher. At best, Liri­ano is just left-handed help for a vul­ner­a­ble bullpen, which could re­ally di­min­ish the Astros’ chances of win­ning their first World Se­ries. Dal­las Keuchel is hardly back to form, and No. 2 Lance McCullers

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