Astros Trade Lucas Harrell to Arizona Diamondbacks

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The Houston Astros have traded starting pitcher Lucas Harrell to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Harrell, 28, has struggled mightily since the 2012 season when he had a record of (11-11) with a 3.50 ERA which are his best career numbers. Since then he has been on a bit of a downward spiral. Harrell had his worst career season statistically in 2013, when he went (6-17) with a 5.86 ERA.

Harrell’s dismal play as of late combined with him being 28 years old are probably the two main components behind the Houston Astros wanting to move on. So far in 2014 he is (0-3) in three starts with a 9.49 ERA in only 12.1 innings. Meaning he may need to start his tenure with Arizona in AAA for the Reno Aces. Even if that is the case it could mean a prospect like Bo Schultz who is (2-2) with a 2.90 ERA through five starts, is called up.

All in all this trade provides the Diamondbacks with a pitcher who has shown that he has the capability to be a consistent starter in the MLB as he has been in the past. Also providing Arizona with depth within their pitching rotation. It also allows the team to take its time with pitching prospect Archie Bradley who has struggled thus far in AAA Reno.

In the end, Harrell will provide a spark, whether that be for the Reno Aces or the Arizona Diamondbacks is up for management to decide. I do believe that they will more than likely start Harrell in AAA so that he can regain his confidence after a dismal 2013 season and a struggling start to this season. Dbacks fans should feel hopeful that this trade awakens the pitching rotation from this funk they have been in.

Phoenix Sports-Kings contributor, Ian Johnson @IanJohnsonSK

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