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Astros rumors: Erik Bedard, Carlos Pena, Bud Norris

Carlos Pena, Erik Bedard and Bud Norris could all find themselves as trade targets this summer.

Doug Pensinger

The Houston Astros have traded away much of their veteran talent over the past two years, but there are still a few potential deals to be made. First baseman Carlos Pena, left-hander Erik Bedard and right-hander Bud Norris are "prominent veterans who could perform well enough to escape a tough situation," according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

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Cafardo heard from an American League general manager that Norris could be "the No. 1 guy on contenders' wish lists" by the time the trade deadline rolls around. The right-hander is 28 years old, and he's expanded his arsenal to include a changeup. While his career numbers aren't overly impressive, he has proven a durable major league starter.

Bedard was once a coveted left-handed starter, but he's since dealt with injuries that have derailed his career. He's not off to a great start -- 6.17 ERA over 11 2/3 innings -- but he has a track record of success and could garner attention if he strings together solid appearances.

Pena provides significant power and a solid glove at first base, but his high strikeout numbers and low batting average could hinder his value. He's signed to a one-year contract and is a likely trade candidate if he posts solid numbers over the first half of the regular season.


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