MILWAUKEE -- The Astros were the busiest team in baseball in July, making five trades -- and acquiring 13 Minor Leaguers and two players to be named -- but general manager Jeff Luhnow let Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline pass without making any additional moves.
Manager Brad Mills said that considering how much roster turnover the Astros saw in the last month, he was glad to see the Deadline expire and not have to say goodbye to any more players.
"I think there's a little bit of relief for everyone moving forward, because you know who's going to be on our ballclub, and these are the guys we're going with," Mills said. "Everybody was watching TV to see what's going on around baseball and in our division. There was a lot of interest there, but we can settle back and concentrate on what we do on the field."
Now that the Deadline has passed, deals involving players on the 40-man roster cannot be made unless the players have cleared waivers. In other words, a player must be offered to the other teams in reverse order of the standings, and if he is claimed by one of those teams, he cannot be traded. The club that placed the player on waivers can either withdraw the request and keep the player, or let the player go to the claiming team, which would then have the rights to him.