Astros – Mariners could go for Josh James
Similar to the Angels, the Astros will not entertain trading one of their better players to the Mariners since they are trying to win themselves. The Mariners here could go get a player from the Astros who the Mariners could work on some things with Josh James. James has been a swingman with the Astros the last few years and has been up and down from the minor leagues. The Mariners could try to use him as a long man out of the bullpen to get more than three outs.
Josh James has some experience starting games, but he could be used as a guy to come in when the starting pitcher struggles and get through the 5th and 6th innings. He uses a fastball that averages 96 mph and a slider and curveball and a changeup. He does not have much experience in the big leagues the last few years, but he has put up good numbers in AAA. He had 27 strikeouts compared to 8 walks in AAA last year. He could be another under-the-radar bullpen piece.
A potential trade could look like this for the right-hander.
The Mariners get James here for just Polcovich because the Astros do not really have room on their 40 man roster for James. The Mariners here get themselves a potential bullpen piece to turn into their next Paul Sewald or bullpen success story. The Astros get themselves a future utility man probably and get themselves 40 man roster space, which is most important here. The next trade comes from the Athletics.