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The Houston Astros already have a commanding lead in the American League West, they sit not far behind the New York Yankees for the best record in the AL. Yet, they still went out and made shrewd moves to bolster their roster for a deep postseason run into October. 

The Astros' first high-profile move was the acquisition of first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles. Mancini was the paragon of the Orioles and is currently slashing .268/.346/.402 on the season with 10 home runs.

Former Baltimore Orioles First Baseman Trey Mancini

Former Baltimore Orioles First Baseman Trey Mancini

He immediately provides another capable bat to slot into Houston's lineup and provides more veteran leadership in the clubhouse, a quality that can't be quantified.

Mancini will help with production both offensively and defensively at the first base position and will be able to rotate through the corner outfield spots, giving valuable off days or designated hitting days to Yordan Álvarez and Kyle Tucker.


New Houston Astros Catcher Christian Vázquez

New Houston Astros Catcher Christian Vázquez

Adding Mancini was just the first of Houston's addition as they went on to acquire catcher Christian Vázquez from the Boston Red Sox next. Vázquez is offensively much more productive than Martin Maldonado at the plate, but acquiring a new catcher at the deadline is a tricky line to walk in terms of rapport with the team's starting pitching.

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However, his season slash line of .281/.326/.431 is a clear upgrade and the Astros acquired the best catcher moved at the trade deadline. Additionally, he plays Gold Glove-caliber defense behind the plate. While he won't be stealing too many starts from Maldonado, he does provide excellent cover down the stretch if an injury is to occur. 

The acquisition of Vázquez was one of the shrewdest made by any team at the trade deadline this season. It only furthers the narrative that "rich get richer", which is absolutely true in the Astros' case. 

The combined value of Vázquez and Mancini came at the cost of Jose Siri and three prospects, not a bad deal to solidify a roster already primed for a World Series run.


New Houston Astros Closer Will Smith

New Houston Astros Closer Will Smith

Finally, the Astros finished up their big splashes by acquiring Atlanta Braves reliever Will Smith. The former closer was dominate from the 2016 to 2021 MLB seasons but has taken a step back this season posting a 4.38 ERA with a 1.514 WHIP in 2022.

He can still help reinforce Houston's bullpen and came at the cost of starter Jake Odorizzi, a player the club and fanbase were ready to move on from.

Smith is also a lefty, something that the Astros have lacked in their bullpen this season. It was a typical transaction a contender makes, and it makes all the more sense that Odorizzi was the return with Lance McCullers Jr.'s return on the near horizon.

Overall Grade for Astros Trade Deadline: B+


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