Trading Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence would take heart, soul from Houston Astros
By Denton Ramsey
First, there were talks of Hunter Pence being traded before the deadline.
Next, we were informed Pence wasn’t on the trade market and would remain in Houston this season.
Now, Pence talks are once again heating up and the Phillies appear to be the front runners to land the coveted and speedy right fielder.
In addition, there are talks of Astros center fielder Michael Bourn to the Cincinnati Reds.
And all this trade talk with teams for Class A prospects in return?
Houston’s offense, as bad as it may be, centers around Bourn and Pence.
Without those two, the last-place Astros are certainly doomed not only now, but for a couple tough years to come.
Then again, this wouldn’t be the first time Houston teams have broken fans’ hearts.
In fact, I can think of four players on two teams just within the past year: Shane Battier (Rockets), Lance Berkman (Astros), Aaron Brooks (Rockets), and Roy Oswalt (Astros).
To a certain degree, my inner-coach is telling me to quit browsing the news stories online surrounding potential trades of guys like Bourn and Pence.
But at the same time, it’s infuriating to think the team is even CONSIDERING parting ways with those two; without them, the Astros are destined to lose 120 or more games.
That record in and of itself would make the record books for the most regular season losses by a Major League Baseball team in the past 40 years.
Houston, we have a problem…
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org