Astros rumors: Houston listening to offers of 2 or more players

Bob Levey

The 'Stros are telling clubs that they're willing to listen on "anyone" if they're made the right kind of offer.

The Houston Astros have been busy in the last year unloading just about everyone with a salary above the MLB minimum. Well, they may not be done.

The club is letting teams know that they will listen to offers on anyone so long as the package include two or more players, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.

Right-handers Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell are the first (only?) names that come to mind when thinking of potential Astros trade candidates -- both were recently tied to the St. Louis Cardinals -- and Stark adds that Harrell has lately been catching the eye of several scouts.

The 27-year-old Harrell made a strong showing in 2012, his first full big-league season, posting a 3.76 ERA and 6.5 K/9 rate in 193⅔ innings over 32 starts. The right-hander has also had a strong spring thus far, giving up three runs and striking out eight in 13 frames.

Several clubs -- including the Rangers and Red Sox -- are in the hunt for rotation depth, so perhaps one of those teams will make a two-plus player offer that the Astros cannot refuse.

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