Astros could pursue trading Brett Oberholtzer
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Astros could pursue trading starter Brett Oberholtzer. He adds that the Phillies, Orioles, Reds, and Rangers are potential suitors for the left-hander.
Oberholtzer, 26, missed a tremendous amount of time in the first half of the season due to a blister on his throwing hand. He made only eight starts in the majors overall, finishing with a 4.48 ERA and a 27/17 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings. The lefty impressed as a rookie in 2013 but struggled in ’14, compiling a 5-13 record over 24 starts.
Despite Oberholtzer’s performance and injury woes, his age and contract status -- he’s under team control through 2020 -- will make him attractive to teams looking for cheap starting pitching.