Their one trip into town this year. It won't work out for me to go sit by the Astros dugout and try to tamper with Carlos Correa heading towards 2022, but I know Elias has known him since probably he was like an 8th grader so doubt I have any value to add if anything is ultimately feasible, and the CBA outcome gives ownership comfort it can pay its coaches, etc.
Anyway, we only get to see Urquidy from their impressive batch of Latin American arms, but I thought here was an interesting chat tidbit just now from ex-Astro/now Fangraphs Goldstein on what might have been the frontier some years ago, but what Sig would probably call Table Stakes in 2021:
James: What was the Astros secret on international pitching signings? Framber, Javier, Urquidy, and Garcia all signed for peanuts, none have overpowering stuff, yet all are quality to borderline ace pitchers.
Kevin Goldstein: The Astros were among the first to really dig into pitch data on international kids, and it’s really paid off.
Well they can’t contend this year but the Os could contend in 2022 if a lot of things go right and they spend money this year.
What if they bring up Adley this year, he plays enough and is dominant enough to win ROY and the team plays better and ends up with 70 wins? They could definitely take a big leap in 2022.
The Padres, on paper, were better but their pitching staff in 2019 wasn’t good enough to contend. They brought up Tatis because they felt he was best SS in the organization and that he had earned it.
In other words, the Machado return had more value then than it does now, because Diaz hasn't really panned out. He was more valuable then. So, I would take a package that had the same value as the trade had in 2018. I would not take a package that includes 2021 Diaz and 2021 Kremer as headliners. My point is extremely clear.