The Astros look like they have started to narrow their field of vision in the trade market.
Houston is "mounting (a) push" for Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman, according to The Athletic.
The Astros were also interested in Mets' Noah Syndergaard, but according to the report, they have started to pursue Stroman harder due to the high price tag on the New York righty.
Houston has scouted Stroman in the past and had a good deal of interest in him during the 2017 season when he was putting up Cy Young-caliber numbers in Toronto, so it certainly has a good idea of what it would be getting in the righty.
However, Stroman would be a different type of pitcher than the Astros typically like to employ as he is a sinker-baller and Houston prefers its pitchers to use fastballs up in the zone.
On the same token, Syndergaard primarily uses his two-seam fastball as well, so the team clearly isn't just looking at pitchers who favor the four-seamer and Wade Miley also does not exclusively use a four-seam fastball and he has had great success in the team's rotation this year.