The Houston Astros and San Diego Padres are in talks on a trade that could potentially send closer Craig Kimbrel and starting pitcher Tyson Ross to Houston, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Both Kimbrel and Ross have been discussed, but it’s unclear if both would be included in a deal if it is completed.

In fact, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros and Padres are “not close to anything” at this time.

Ross, 28, is a player drawing a lot of interest around the league, most notably from the Chicago Cubs. If the Astros and Padres fail to make a deal, it would not be surprising to see the Padres work on a deal that involves Ross and potentially more with the Cubs.

With the Astros, Ross would add another quality arm to the teams rotation that is signed long-term. It’s unclear where exactly he would fit in, but Chris Cotillo of speculates that the Astros could look to move either Vincent Velasquez or Lance McCullers in the deal as well.

The Astros are a team that is “pushing hard to improve” it’s bullpen, according to Jim Bowden of, so it’s hardly surprising to see that the team is interested in acquiring Kimbrel, one of the best closers in the game.

Other names that have been talked about in the deal, according to Cotillo: Jake Marisnick, Mark Appel.

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