It’s hard to call the decade of the 2010s a failure for the Houston Astros. From their disastrous stretch of 324 losses from 2011-2013, the Astros reinvented themselves with elite prospect development, great scouting, and a modern outlook on how to play the game: by using analytics on and off the field.
It culminated in a World Series* title in 2017, a second trip the Fall Classic in 2019 after a 107-win, American League-pennant winning campaign, and more success over a three-year string than any in franchise history. To get to this point in the Bayou City, the club had to make some moves, but some of them were franchise-altering in good and bad ways.
Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League Baseball has made over the last decade. Here is the best and worst trade the Houston Astros have made since 2010.
The Best Trade the Houston Astros Have Made Since 2010: Houston acquires Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers for Daz Cameron, Franklin Perez, and Jake Rogers (August 31, 2017)
I write this all knowing the 2017 World Series title won by the Houston Astros has been clouded in controversy,…