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Jose Altuve legging out an inside-the-park homerun
Had the Astros not been so far out of contention, the Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn and Jeff Keppinger trades never would have happened that opened the door for J.D. Martinez, Jose Altuve and now Jordan Schafer to start everyday.
Both Martinez and Altuve were tearing it up in the minors and without the trades, neither would have been up with the big club this year.
Just a quick comparison since the trade:
Martinez .278 5 HR 21 RBI
Pence .318 4 HR 11 RBI
I’m not trying to say that Martinez is at Pence’s level yet, but with Pence hitting arbitration next season, J.D. will cost about $9.5 million less than Pence