Report: Leaked Astros docs suggest Houston wanted Nick Castellanos, Jake Thompson last summer
Deadspin reports that about 10 months’ worth of Astros internal communications surfaced online, including discussions over potential trades. The timeline covers last summer, including the trade that sent Jose Veras to Detroit for prospects. The documents suggest that Houston was looking for a bigger deal before the Tigers talked them down.
According to the documents, the Astros were initially interested in Nick Castellanos when Jeff Luhnow and Dave Dombrowski talked on July 22. The Astros, according to the documents, were willing to trade starting pitcher Bud Norris and Veras for Castellanos, and would consider Norris for Tigers pitching prospect Jake Thompson. Dave Dombrowski, listed as DD on the documents, wasn’t interested in starting pitching at that point.
The next day, according to the documents, the Tigers declined Thompson for Veras. Six days later, the trade talks rekindled. According to the documents, the Astros were willing to consider Danry Vasquez for Veras but would have to include a secondary prospect, such as injured pitcher David Paulino. That deal took on momentum, and was eventually completed.
Since Paulino was coming off Tommy John surgery, the deal was built to include him as a player to be named later. The other option, according to the documents, was Tigers rookie league pitcher Emanuel Chavez.
The Tigers are the only team that comes up in the documents in discussions about Veras. Norris eventually went to the Orioles on July 31.