Most fans — including this one — expected the Astros the dabble in the low-to-mid range of free agents and other acquisitions. The three-year, $30 million deal for Scott Feldman and the trade for Dexter Fowler pretty much fit into those expectations.
Just another rebuilding year in 2014. A 10-15 game improvement would be acceptable and perhaps reasonable, right? Improving by 20-25 games would be monumental.
One veteran GM believes that the Astros will wind up to be the landing spot for Shin-Soo Choo. –tweet from Bob Nightengale.
But hang on. Does Jeff Luhnow have something else up his sleeve? By not taking a Rule 5 pick — and there were a couple of good arms to be had — has he signaled that the Astros are done dabbling and are stepping into the deep end with both feet?
Shin-Soo Choo? Really? He of the Scott Boras herd? Talk about game changers!
Choo will be 32 next season and would certainly speed up the reconstruction project. Plant him in the leadoff spot and in the outfield with Fowler and (ahem) George Springer and suddenly, the world and life begins to make sense again for Astros’ fans.
Hey, don’t want to get ahead of myself here, but when this tweet popped up again today, it certainly caught my attention. If the price is coming down and somehow Luhnow feels the organization can afford it, let’s talk.
Here’s a guy who has slashed .300/.413/.484 in the leadoff role over his career. Or maybe you’d prefer he hits third behind Fowler and Jose Altuve. No worries, he’s got a nice line there as well: .281/.376/.439.
The Astros have been attached to Choo under the radar since early this fall, but this rumor is apparently not going away. Guessing you’ll have fun playing with a lineup that includes Choo, Jose Altuve, Springer, Fowler and Jason Castro.
Feel free to modify your lineup from a recent entry. Here’s one school of thought:
- Matt Dominguez.
- Chris Carter.
- Jonathan Singleton.
- Jonathan Villar.
Have fun with that for a while.