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Astros acquire Anthony Bass from Padres

Dec 11, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

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Houston picked up some pitching help, getting right-hander Anthony Bass from San Diego for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Bass had a 4.08 ERA in 187 innings for the Padres, making 18 starts and 57 relief appearances, but he’s gotten progressively worse following a very strong 2011 debut with shoulder problems perhaps being to blame.

Still, as a 25-year-old with good fastball velocity and some decent numbers he’s a worthwhile pickup for an Astros team that’s certainly always in need of useful arms.

  1. thomas844 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I watched Hot Stove this morning and they had the Astros GM Luhnow there. He was talking about getting as many talented, young arms as he can so that if/when some of them blossom, he can either stick them in the rotation or use them as trade chips (kind of like the Lyles-for-Fowler trade).

    He sounded like he has a very clear and precise plan and all of his minor league teams are playing really well. The Astros may be a laughingstock now, but soon enough they can become serious contenders.

  2. stex52 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Let me correct you. No way it will be soon ENOUGH. But if there is hope soon (say two to three years) that is something.

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