Luhnow might have leverage we don' t know about. If he has had any real feelers from teams not on Lee's no- trade list, Luhnow could say 'you're going somewhere, here's your best shot at playing in the world series.'
At this stage, if I'm Luhnow I am willing to accept just about anything for Lee and Lee knows it. All we need is one supercrappy ($24 and our 45th best prospect) offer from one team/ destination less appealing than LA.
"•Lee met with GM Jeff Luhnow this morning and told reporters (including MLB.com's Brian McTaggart and The Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine) that the Dodgers have made an offer (Twitter links). He is going to take some time to decide if he wants to accept the trade, and he has not been given a deadline for his decision. He's unsure if he'll have an answer this weekend."
Not necessarily, there's no deadline and he's come out and said that he's unsure if he will have an answer this weekend.
I REALLY hope he accepts.
Probably top 10 at this point, though depending on the rest of the deadline, he could slide into the top 15. Baseball America had him #6, Baseball Prospectus had him #5, Fangraphs had him #5 and MinorLeagueBall had hm #4 in the Dodgers' system. The Dodgers system was ranked #24 by Baseball America compared to #18 for the Astros, so given that and the awesome draft we just had, there's no guarantee he'd be in our Top 10. That's saying something positive about the improvement of our system though, rather than something negative about Gould, IMO.
Scouting-wise, he's normally 90-94 MPH on his fastball and he's still young enough to where he could potentially add a bit more, or at least consistently sit 92-94, he has a curve that could keep developing into a true plus pitch and a decent changeup as well. Honestly, he sounds Bud Norris-ish. Maybe in terms of a prospect we currently have in the system, Paul Clemens would be a comp. He isn't a guy who's likely to be a future ace or anything, but he's a legit prospect with a chance to be a really solid #3 starter in the Majors. To get someone of that caliber for Lee would be stupendous.
That sounds reasonable. Comparing him to our other top pitchers, he'd probably fall below guys like Cosart and McCullers but slightly above Clemens and Oberholtzer.
Overall, we've got several guys with significantly higher upside -- Singleton, Correa, Springer, Cosart, Folty, McCullers. I'd probably put him behind DD and maybe even Ruiz as well.
Levine and others are saying he is in the lineup but hasn't yet decided.
Edit: oops. Ash got there first...
He would rather stay in Houston where he is not wanted than spend three lousy months taking his best and likely only remaining shot at a World Series.