Pedro Severino Trade Deadline Destination #2: Houston Astros
There aren’t many teams who have gotten worse catching performances than the Rays during the 2022 season. The Houston Astros would certainly qualify as one of them, though.
Astros catchers find themselves just below those of the Rays in OPS on the season, having compiled just a .543 that ranks 4th worst in the league. To make matters worse, their .165 batting average ranks dead last.
The Astros have gotten most of their catching production out of former Brewer Martin Maldonado. He was a defense first catcher when he played for Milwaukee and that hasn’t changed as he has hit .173 with a .581 OPS in 76 games this season.
The rest of the production has come from Jason Castro, who is currently on the IL, and Korey Lee. While Castro has managed just a .115 average and .384 OPS in 34 games, Lee has been only marginally better at a .182 average and .490 OPS.
Of course, Brewers fans likely remember that the two teams came together five years ago to complete a huge trade at the deadline. That was win Milwaukee sent Houston outfielder Carlos Gomez and starter Mike Fiers for prospects Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana, and of course now three-time NL Reliever of the Year Josh Hader.
A Pedro Severino wouldn’t be nearly as newsworthy as that one, but a trade deadline match between the two teams could still be a good idea once again.