All Things Astros and a whole lot more
The activity this winter — it is winter, right? — has been staggering. Rumors aside, trades and free agent signings are moving at a rapid pace unlike the recent previous off seasons. As for the rumors, who can keep up with them all?
Here’s one thing you can keep an easy record of. The Astros have little or nothing to show for the off season thus far, unless you count “E” for effort.
What does seem evident, though, is that Jeff Luhnow is determined to upgrade the left side of the infield and the bullpen. He’s clearly adopted the “…shoot for the stars, if I miss, I’ll hit the moon” mindset. David Robertson and Andrew Miller were the big closer targets and they signed with the White Sox and Yankees respectively.
Luhnow said he would “absolutely” love to bring back Jose Veras for the bullpen, but Veras can’t be the prize catch this year. Luke Gregerson, though, might be the guy to tag team with Chad Qualls, Veras and Michael Foltynewicz at the back end of the bullpen.
As for SS and 3B, the Astros clearly anticipate an upgrade for at least one of the positions and apparently aren’t thinking stop gap.
The Astros have been sellers for so long that it’s difficult for fans to fathom big dollars being thrown around on closers and corner infielders.
But here’s the deal: The horse is out of the barn. Luhnow cannot come back completely empty with also rans, retreads or patch quilt solutions. And, if fans still believe that Houston is still engaging in only window dressing with the offers that have been substantiated, they aren’t paying close attention.
Here are some other conclusions that a reasonable onlooker could reach:
And, some questions: