It is a relatively quiet time for the Astros and their fans, despite the fact they added depth to their starting rotation with the signing of tall righty Doug Fister on Thursday. Today – you are given a hypothetical challenge. If you were given a chance to ask one and only one question of Astro related people, what would you ask them? Here are samples of one person’s shot at this assignment.
To Doug Fister. You reportedly were looking for a 2 year, $25 million contract, but you settled for 1 year, $7 million (with possible incentives up to $12 million). Why did you choose the Astros?
To GM Jeff Luhnow. There were supposedly many different moving parts involved in the 7 player trade for Ken Giles and different iterations. Who were the players you told the Phillies were untouchable during these negotiations?
To Owner Jim Crane. The Astros are likely to start the season with a payroll of approximately $95 million as things stand now, which is a whole lot more than 2014, but just above the final numbers for 2015. Would Jeff Luhnow have to trade some contracts (Feldman, Gomez, Castro, Rasmus or Valbuena for instance) if he needs to add some help during the season?
To Pitching Coach Brent Strom. The Astros pitchers ended the 2015 season with the lowest ERA in the AL. How much of that was due to you?
To newly acquired reliever Ken Giles. In your first two seasons you pitched extremely well for a bad and then a very, very bad Phillies team. Are you ready for the bright lights of a pennant race?
To 1B Jon Singleton. What did you do to get better this off-season?
To SS Carlos Correa. In your own mind, how much better can you be in 2016 over the insanely good mostly 20 year old who won the ROY, hit 22 HR and knocked in 68 runs in only 99 games in 2015?
To OF George Springer. Can you stay healthy (lucky?) for 150+ games in 2016?
To OF Colby Rasmus. Can we expect to see more of the Rasmus who hit his stride in September and in the playoffs or was that a mirage?
To LHP Dallas Keuchel. Your 2015 season was terrific in every way – wins, ERA, IP, and honors (Cy Young, Warren Spahn). What do you have planned for an encore?
This was just a quick shot at some Astro related people and the one question to ask them.
Who would you like to ask a question of and what would be that question?
Would you ask a different question to any of the folks above?
What do you think their answers would be?