So, just whose team is the Houston Astros anyway? For the first time since he joined the team as general manager, more players than not on the 40-man roster have been acquired by Jeff Luhnow.
Despite trades, drafts, free agents and waiver wire pickups — until this year — more players were still left over from previous Astros’ administrations believe it or not.
Here’s a little research for you that looks at the current makeup of the 40-man roster (including DL players), how they were acquired by their original teams and how they ultimately joined the Astros. A few quick notes, then you can add your observations.
- It’s no secret, but Luhnow has shown his preference for former first rounders. There are currently eight on the 40-man. As you know, several others lurk just below this group in the organization.
- Ten of the 12 pitchers on the current 25-man roster were acquired through free agency or on the waiver wire.
- EOTP. The Astros have been Equal Opportunity Trade Partners. Players currently on the 40-man acquired through trade came from 9 different teams. Oakland and Miami were on the list twice.
- Luhnow has hit it big with waiver pickups. There are only three on this roster, but Collin McHugh, Will Harris and Sam Deduno appear to be steals. Especially McHugh, who is developing into a strong ace candidate.
- Interestingly, though he’s been GM since December 2011, four key players on the ’15 roster were acquired prior to his arrival: Jason Castro, Jose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel, George Springer.
Here is the rest of the list. Open for your observations, notes and commentary. Players noted with an asterisk (*) were acquired during the Luhnow Era.
|Player||Age||Drafted/Signed||How Acquired By Astros||Acquisition Details|
|Jason Castro||27||1||2010||Draft||Drafted by Astros 2008 (1/10)|
|* Chris Carter||28||15||2005||Trade||Acquired with Brad Peacock, Max Stassi from A’s for Jed Lowrie.|
|Jose Altuve||24||Amateur FA Houston 2007||FA||Signed by Astros as free agent 2007.|
|* Jed Lowrie||30||1||2005||FA||Signed by Astros as free agent 12/14.|
|* Luis Valbuena||29||Amateur FA Seattle 2002||Trade||Acquired with Dan Straily from Cubs for Dexter Fowler.|
|* Colby Rasmus||28||1||2005||FA||Signed by Astros as free agent 1/15.|
|* Jake Marisnick||24||3||2008||Trade||Acquired by Astros with Colin Moran from Miami for Jarred Cosart, Austin Wates and Kike Hernandez.|
|George Springer||24||1||2011||Draft||Drafted by Astros 2011 (1/11).|
|* Evan Gattis||28||28||2010||Trade||Acquired by Astros with James Hoyt from Atlanta for Michael Foltynewicz, Andrew Thruman, and Rio Ruiz.|
|* Robbie Grossman||25||6||2008||Trade||Acquired by Astros with Rudy Owens and Colton Cain from Pittsburgh for Wandy Rodriguez.|
|* Jonathan Villar||23||Amateur FA Philadelphia 2008||Trade||Acquired with Anthony Gose and J.A. Happ from Philadelphia for Roy Oswalt.|
|* Hank Conger||27||1||2006||Trade||Acquired from Angels for Carlos Perez and Nick Tropeano.|
|* Marwin Gonzalez||26||FA||2005||Trade||Acquired from Boston for Marco Duarte (Rule 5).|
|Dallas Keuchel||27||7||2009||Draft||Drafted by Astros 2009.|
|* Scott Feldman||32||30||2003||FA||Signed by Astros as FA 12/13.|
|* Collin McHugh||27||18||2008||Waivers||Claimed off waivers from Colorado 12/13.|
|* Asher Wojciechowski||26||1||2006||Trade||Acquired in the J.A. Happ trade.|
|* Roberto Hernandez||34||FA||2000||FA||Signed as a free agent 2/15|
|* Luke Gregerson||30||28||2006||FA||Signed as a free agent 12/14|
|* Will Harris||30||9||2006||Waivers||Selected off waivers from Arizona 11/14|
|* Pat Neshek||34||6||2002||FA||Signed as a free agent 12/14|
|* Chad Qualls||36||2||2000||FA||Signed as a free agent 12/13|
|* Tony Sipp||31||45||2004||FA||Signed as a free agent 5/14|
|* Sam Deduno||31||Amateur FA Colorado 2003||Waivers||Selected off waivers from Minnesota 8/14.|
|* Joe Thatcher||33||Purchased from Indy League 2005||FA||Signed as free agent 2/15.|
|Jake Buchanan||25||8||2009||Draft||Drafted by Astros 2010 (8/10)|
|* Kevin Chapman||27||4||2010||Trade||Acquired by Astros for Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero from Kansas City 3/12.|
|Luis Cruz||24||9||2008||Draft||Drafted by Astros 2008.|
|Michael Feliz||21||FA||2010||FA||Signed by Astros as a free agent originally in 2010.|
|* Josh Fields||29||1||2008||Rule 5||Drafted from Red Sox in 2012 Rule 5.|
|Brett Oberholtzer||25||8||2008||Trade||Acquired by Astros with Juan Abreu, Paul Clemens, Jordan Schafer for Michael Bourn (7/11).|
|* Brad Peacock||27||41||2006||Trade||Acquired by Astros with Chris Carter, Max Stassi for Jed Lowrie, Fernando Rodriguez (2/13).|
|* Dan Straily||26||24||2009||Trade||Acquired by Astros with Luis Valbuena for Dexter Fowler (1/15).|
|Vincent Velasquez||22||2||2010||Draft||Drafted by Astros 2010.|
|* Max Stassi||24||4||2009||Trade||Acquired by Astros with Chris Carter, Brad Peacock from Oakland for Jed Lowrie, Fernando Rodriguez (2/13).|
|* Matt Dominguez||25||1||2007||Trade||Acquired by Astros with Rob Rasmussen from Miami for Carlos Lee (7/12).|
|Jon Singleton||23||8||2009||Trade||Acquired by Astros with Domingo Santana, Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid from Philadelphia for Hunter Pence (7/11).|
|* Ronald Torreyes||22||FA||2010||Trade||Acquired by Astros from Cubs 2013.|
|* L.J. Hoes||25||3||2008||Trade||Acquired with Josh Hader from Orioles for Bud Norris (7/13).|
|Domingo Santana||22||Amateur FA Philadelphia 2009||Trade||Acquired by Astros with Jon Singleton, Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid from Philadelphia for Hunter Pence (7/11).|