The most stunning trade development before Tuesday’s deadline had nothing to do with why Manny Machado and Chris Archer were moved or why Bryce Harper and Madison Bumgarner weren’t.
It was, what were the Astros thinking?
In July, 20 big-league relievers changed teams, and many more available relievers stayed put. The Astros had their choice of several closers and picked Roberto Osuna, who’s serving a 75-game domestic-violence suspension.
Last year, the Astros were a likable, enthusiastic, close bunch. The Astros paraded to their first World Series title amid the celebratory images of Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Co.