Could Astros be trying to trade Lindstrom, Keppinger?
Could the Astros be looking to trade Matt Lindstrom and Jeff Keppinger? According to a report by AOL Fanhouse, the Astros are looking to move Lindstrom and Keppinger in an effort to cut payroll in the wake of the impending sale of the team.
The Astros have made it clear their desire to improve the offense in the middle of the infield, and they have already traded for Clint Barmes, who will likely play shortstop. Still, if they couldbeef up their offense at second, they’ll do it. Houston also has good depth in the back of the bullpen and is satisfied with the job Brandon Lyon did as closer last year.
Lindstrom began last season as the Astros’ closer, but lost his job in the second half of the season after battling back troubles. He earned $1.625 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Keppinger, who hit .288 with 34 doubles and 122 starts at second, made $1.15 million last season and is eligible for arbitration.
— Brian McTaggart