MLB trade rumors are starting to heat up like a firecracker on the Fourth of July! With the MLB trade deadline just over one month away, teams in need of a player or two are already window shopping for key players.

A recent ESPN report indicates that the Houston Astros would love to add a starting pitcher before the trade deadline. Sure, Houston is one of the best teams in baseball, but outside of Lance McCullers and Dallas Keuchel, who is on the DL until mid-July, the Astros are hoping to add one more solid starting pitcher to the rotation for a postseason run toward the fall classic.

Could that big name be Jacob deGrom?

Mets ready to deal?

The New York Mets are one of the bigger disappointments so far in the 2017 season. If they can’t right the ship in the next two weeks, are the Mets willing to become sellers at the baseball trade deadline? It looks that way.

Yesterday, Buster Olney reported that the New York Mets are more or less giving up on their season and are ready to start shopping several players, including Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, and Asdrubal Cabrera. While Reed could bring a team an experienced closer, and Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson could lend a helping hand in the outfield to a team in contention, could the Mets also be interested in hearing deals for any of their starting pitchers, like Jacob deGrom?

Astros all-in on run at trade deadline?

The only positive for the Houston Astros seeing some of their starting pitchers hit the injury list is the opportunity to see what the youngsters have.

The Astros have had a chance to showcase pitchers Francis Martes, David Paulino and Brad Peacock in recent weeks and they have all shown flashes of MLB potential. Both Martes and Paulino are young studs that have a high ceiling. They have also been tapped in the 100 top prospects in baseball. Even though these youngster have the potential to be stars in the league soon, odds are that the Astros will be willing to deal one or two of them if it can land them an established staring pitcher.

So the question is, would the Mets be willing to part with a pitcher like deGrom for a few hard throwing prospects? New York would definitely have the advantage in dealing someone as talented as deGrom, as they could fetch a high asking price for him.

The New York Mets have all but made it clear that they are open for business and willing to listen to offers, so you can bet that teams like the Houston Astros, along with several other contenders, will be inquiring.