The Houston Astros essentially stood pat at the trade deadline, making just one minor deal to acquire left-hander Francisco Liriano to their bullpen. The lack of activity beyond that, which many thought would include adding a front line starting pitcher such as Yu Darvish or Justin Verlander, caught a lot of people by surprise.
According to veteran outfielder Josh Reddick, the shock and disappointment extended into Houston’s clubhouse. In an interview with MLB Network Radio on Thursday, Reddick described Astros players as “down in the dumps” after the team whiffed on making a larger deal.
Here are the key quotes, courtesy of Hardball Talk:
“I think deep down everybody in that clubhouse knew we were going to make some moves to make us a really great team to a team that put us over the edge, especially with all the moves you see moving around the league.”
“It’s nothing against our guys, we are a great team, but any time you can make your team better you feel like should have the opportunity to do that and take full advantage. I think deep down, we all were, I don’t know if you want to say disappointed or upset, I guess we were just kind of down in the dumps because we feel like we had a pretty good shot at getting somebody to help this team get over that hump to where we needed to be.”
Reddick’s comments echo those made by Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, who said “disappointment is a little bit of an understatement” just 24 hours after Houston’s ineffective deadline.
The frustration is understandable. After all, this is an Astros franchise that has spent much of the past decade rebuilding and restocking the organization to position themselves as World Series contenders. Now that they’re here, it was more than reasonable to expect at least one big addition that would have helped to cement their position.
The frustration is palpable too, and it may be reflective of the team’s…