LOS ANGELES — Jeff Luhnow spoiled Astros followers with some splurges. He hoarded prospects like a lot of his forward-thinking front-office brethren however broke away from the pattern throughout two commerce deadlines. Buying Justin Verlander on the stroke of midnight in September 2017 propelled the crew to a World Sequence. Zack Greinke left Sport 7 of the 2019 World Sequence eight outs away from securing one other.
The 2 offers appear to dominate discourse surrounding Luhnow’s commerce deadline actions. His 2015 deal for Mike Fiers and Carlos Gomez aged terribly for too many causes to record. He stood pat in 2016 and throughout the now-defunct, non-waiver deadline in 2017. The deal for Verlander arrived after Dallas Keuchel delivered pointed feedback about Luhnow’s inaction in July.