The Astros, like every other team, is on hold from doing business with major leaguers at this time. They can sign players who are not on a 40 man roster to minor league contracts. They can make moves in their front office, management and coaching spots. They can even wave bye-bye as former or recent players head off to Asia to sign up for leagues that sound like boxing or martial arts titles.
But they can’t go about the real business of building and shuffling the major league roster.
If and when the flood gates are opened again, what steps will / should the Astros take to complete their team?
Note: This does not include naming a pitching coach. That does not need to wait for the end of the lockout. However, they should do it soon after if they have not named one by then.
- Figure out the shortstop situation – should they…
- Pursue the re-signing of Carlos Correa. If there is any indication, he will go for bigger dollars with shorter years?
- Pursue Trevor Story as a reasonably long term but less expensive (define less expensive) choice at shortstop?
- Pursue a short term, much cheaper solution like a great glove, meh bat Andrelton Simmons?
- Rip the band-aid off and give shortstop to prospect Jeremy Pena and see if he stays afloat (OK, mixed metaphors here)
- Pursue more bullpen help – should they…
- Pursue someone like Jake Diekman, a lefty (and they are short on lefties in the bullpen) in free agency?
- Pursue a free agent with no thought to handedness?
- Stay where they are on the bullpen and fill in from the minors if needed?
- Stay where they are and make moves during the season as per 2021?
- Kick the tires on a Jake Odorizzi trade – should they…
- Keep Jake and see how things work out in sorting out the rotation between Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers Jr., Framber Valdez, Luis Garcia, Jose Urquidy, Cristian Javier and Odorizzi?
- Pursue outfield help in exchange for Odorizzi. If you have questions about Chas McCormick, Jose Siri and the injured Jake Meyers?
- Pursue bullpen help (see item 2.) in exchange for Odorizzi plus prospect(s)?
- Pursue help at catcher – should they…
- Dangle Jason Castro and his decent hitting in 2021 (in a small sample) out there to maybe pick up a younger backup catcher?
- Trade a prospect or two to one of the teams that might not be trying too hard this year for a more solid hitting catcher than Martin Maldonado?
- Pursue help in the outfield
Note: With Michael Brantley looking older and fighting injuries, questions about Yordan Alvarez in the outfield, injury to Jake Meyers, questions about potential regression with Chas McCormick – the outfield could be a consideration….should they…..
- Trade one of their young buck outfielders and maybe a prospect and try and pick up a more established outfielder?
- Pick through the free agent dregs of outfielders looking for some cheap help?
- Sit still and hope Meyers comes back quickly and is even better than in 2021?
Your turn…..what do you want the Astros’ front office to pursue as soon as the lockout is unlocked?