The Houston Astros are runaway leaders in the AL West and perennial contenders but that hasn't stopped them from trying to improve as the trade deadline closes in tomorrow.
Already rumored to be "engaged" in trade talks for San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, Houston is reportedly now inquiring about Cleveland Indians' right-hander Trevor Bauer, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports.
Sources: #Indians, #Astros have had recent communication about possible Trevor Bauer trade. The extent of progress in talks is unclear. Houston is pursuing multiple starting pitchers, with hopes of landing one. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 30, 2019
Bauer, 28, is 9-8 with a 3.79 ERA in a major league-leading 156 2/3 innings pitched for the Indians and made news over the weekend with by chucking a ball over the center field fence as he was removed after a rough outing (eight runs on nine hits and four walks with six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings) against the Royals and drawing the ire of Cleveland manager Terry Francona.
Bauer apologized after the game and called his actions “unbecoming, “childish,” and “unprofessional.” He was fined an undisclosed amount by the Indians and MLB.
Despite Cleveland being in wild-card contention, Bauer's tantrum and quirky reputation have led to speculation that the Indians might move him. The Yankees, as always with any big-name pitcher, have been mentioned, including by MLB Network's Jon Heyman, as a possible destination. The Astros interest is curious because Bauer reportedly doesn't get along with his former UCLA teammate, Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole.
Yankees are still in touch on Bauer and MadBum. They are obviously motivated to land an ace. The Astros already have 2 aces (Verlander and Cole), and are thought to be in mix as well for the top starters.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2019
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