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.