My friend Greg Lucas may have said it best: “Fans in Houston are tired of “almost good” in all three major sports. Someone (Astros, Texans, Rockets) need to do something to make their franchise a true power!”
You go, Greg! Couldn’t have said it better!
First the Astros were no good! Now, for the past few years they’ve been almost good!
It’s time to roll up the sleeves, ante up, not settle for mediocrity and do what’s necessary to make the Astros’ organization a class, top-of-the-league, good organization! One that’s in the driver’s seat at this time of the year rather than chasing the drivers!
Frankly, it may hurt. Honestly, it may cause you to cringe. But, without a doubt, getting to the next level will come with risks and gambles. It could mean your favorite player(s) or prospects may be playing in another uniform next season.
This much is certain. With as much talent as this roster presently carries and as much talent that was not in Houston when the season began, this is not a pennant-winning roster. Changes are required to get to the next level!
We’ve all agreed in past editions that Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Dallas Keuchel are part of the foundation. George Springer, Evan Gattis and Yulieski Gurriel? Yes, probably so. But if Jeff Luhnow is going to upgrade significantly, it will not come without a cost. One of the above names — and/or probably others — could be on the chopping block soon.
The free agent pitching market will be thin this winter, possibly requiring a trade to upgrade. With several notable arbitration raises ahead, the payroll is likely headed above the $100 million mark sooner than later, so there’s that too.
We can discuss more as the season ends officially and other teams play on television while the Astros pack up and head home…again. But here are some key questions.
- Which of the so-called nucleus would you sacrifice for the right additions to the Astros’ 2017 roster?
- Are the Astros an overhaul away from a World Series? Or is it a matter of a tinker and a tweak?
- Finish this sentence: If the Astros make only one major change this winter, they must . . .
- Which player will be the big surprise of 2017? The big bomb?
- Is Gattis part of the nucleus? What other player will join the nucleus or foundation in 2017?