A year ago, the Astros entered December 2014 in a state of flux with very few of their many roster questions answered. At that time they had said goodbye to Jesus Guzman, Matt Albers and Jesse (we hardly knew ye) Crain. They had made the much maligned trade of Nick Tropeano and Carlos Perez for Hank Conger. And they had made a brilliant (lucky?) waiver pick-up of Will Harris.
Last off-season, December and January marked the great transformation period for the Astros’ roster. In that time period they:
- Strongly pursued relievers Andrew Miller and David Robertson (reportedly)
- Lost three prospects in the major league Rule 5 draft and lost one prospect in the minor league Rule 5 draft
- Signed FAs Jed Lowrie, Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Colby Rasmus.
- Traded for Dan Straily and Luis Valbuena
- Traded for Evan Gattis and James Hoyt
- Traded Carlos Corporan for fast, blooming prospect Akeem Bostick
So, in about a six week period they brought in four every day players SS Lowrie, 3B Valbuena, DH Gattis and OF Rasmus and eventual set-up man, Neshek and closer, Gregerson.
This brings up a number of questions for the good readers of this post (you bad readers can comment, too).
- If the Astros made no moves from this point onward what do you think their 2016 record would be?
- How many every day positions and pitching spots do you think will get filled in the next two months?
- Which ones would you fill if you were GM?
- Would you rather fill problem areas from outside or inside the organization?