Houston was as active as any team before the July 31 Major League Baseball trade deadline, but it didn't immediately impact the Oklahoma City RedHawks' roster.
A few days after trading closer Jose Veras to Detroit, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow on Wednesday made two deadline deals, sending starting pitcher Bud Norris to Baltimore and outfielder Justin Maxwell to Kansas City.
The trades reinforce Luhnow's plan to rebuild the Astros through trades and the draft.
By trading their three highest paid players, the Astros' payroll drops below $13 million. Veteran pitcher Erik Bedard, earning $1.15 million, is Houston's highest paid player.
“Days like today are exciting,” Luhnow told the Houston media. “Trades like these are important for any baseball organization, especially the Houston Astros.”
Following Wednesday's trades, the Astros have an open spot on their 25-man roster, but Luhnow said RedHawks star center fielder George Springer will remain in Oklahoma City.
It's uncertain who will fill Norris' spot. Houston's rotation currently includes Bedard and three pitchers who started the season in Oklahoma City (Jordan Lyles, Dallas Keuchel and Jarred Cosart). Two other former RedHawks, Lucas Harrell and Brett Oberholtzer, started Tuesday and Wednesday.