Tim Boyle – Houston Astros
The Houston Astros get what they want. This year, if it’s Wheeler they desire, they’re going to get him.
Considering their current rotation situation, Wheeler looks like a good fit to take the fourth spot. They already have Justin Verlander leading the way and Gerrit Cole putting up some terrific numbers again in 2019. Let’s not forget how Wade Miley seems to have found new life down in Houston like many other pitchers have in recent seasons.
The Astros won it all in 2017 thanks in large part to their starting staff. Depth was key for them. Wheeler is a lower cost piece who could give them this.
I don’t foresee the Astros targeting Madison Bumgarner. Any controllable starting pitcher they may intend to acquire will happen in the offseason. With a plethora of minor league talent, a deal for Wheeler makes too much sense to me.
Houston is not desperate, but they are hungry. They didn’t lose 90+ games for as many years as they did to come away with a single championship. It’s essential they win at least one more time. This year is a wonderful opportunity for them to accomplish it.
If things go well with Wheeler, they may even plan to re-sign him in the offseason. We’ll worry about that later when they realize the cost for Noah Syndergaard during the Winter Meetings is far too high.