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GM Jeff Luhnow says Astros “likely to keep” veterans at trade deadline

Mar 30, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

Jeff Luhnow AP

That the Astros are in rebuild mode is no secret. In the past, they had been pawning off veteran players in an effort to usher in a youth movement, but GM Jeff Luhnow says the Astros aren’t likely to be sellers at this year’s trade deadline.

Jesse Crain and Jerome Williams are eligible to become free agents after the season. Meanwhile, Dexter Fowler will be due a raise in his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility, a handful of players will be eligible for arbitration for the first time, and the team will have to attempt to hammer out an extension with catcher Jason Castro.

Via Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle:

“This year, we have veteran players. If they play well, we’re likely to keep them as opposed to move them,” Luhnow said. “There’s always going to be that temptation, especially if you have an area where you think — if come mid-July we’re clearly not contending, and there’s a club that needs a guy that we have and they’re willing to give up enough to get him, we’re never going to shut that conversation down.

“But at the same time, I do think we value the relationship with the fans and we’ll make a — we’ll balance all the factors, including the fact that we do want to show significant progress.”

The Astros enter 2014 with a $50.5 million payroll, according to Cot’s Contracts, representing a significant increase over last season’s $26.1 million Opening Day payroll. Luhnow and his team has been disciplined in adhering to a long-term plan that included lots of short-term losing, but it looks like the strategy should bear some fruit in the coming years.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    In other news my mother plans to keep the wardrobe full of jackets from 1989 in her garage.

    So if you wanted a tye dyed fleece pullover boy are you out of luck.

  2. greej1938l - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    All 4 of there veterans

  3. Bob - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    They’re fools if they don’t trade these guys at the deadline. They’re still at least two years away from being a .500 team. The only guy I would keep (and only if he has a good year) is Fowler. Relievers are a dime a dozen and if you can get a suspect for them, much less a prospect, go for it. And I don’t care about the three-year deal, I’d move Feldman at the deadline, too.

  4. thekingdave - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Trade them, especially the vets whose deals are up. Get what you can than sign another comparable vet next offseason. Rinse and repeat one more time.

  5. zdravit - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    They’ll be buyers at the deadline. 90 wins.

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