This is really a post about GM James Click and how he has addressed the Astros needs heading into Spring Training. Reading the tea leaves, it seems likely the Astros are done making moves this off-season based on statements Click has made and the proximity of the team to the luxury tax limit. They may make some minor pickups on some bargains heading into Spring Training, but any larger move at this point would be a surprise.
In a little follow up to the last post, let’s take a quick look at three players, two who have turned into valuable ballplayers after leaving the organization and one who continued his excellence elsewhere. It is bound to happen with any team as no one is perfect. But it is hard not to think about what they might have done in an Astros’ uniform.
I received an email from the blog founder, Chip Bailey, who had some brainstorms on posts, but no time to write them and passed a few ideas to me. Being the off-season and being that the Astros’ news is evaporating a bit, new ideas are always welcome and here is the first one.
The knee jerk reaction here is that the Astros contended in 2020 and came within one final rally of going to the World Series. But in reality, the Astros snuck into the last playoff spot in a field that had been expanded by 60% from five to eight for this most unusual of seasons.
The natural thought for Astro fans heading into 2021 is to be concerned about the team’s outfield and relief pitching. In the outfield, three of the four main outfielders headed into free agency, George Springer, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick. They were able to re-sign Brantley, which helped somewhat with that situation, but still appear to be heading into the season with some question marks in replacing the other two OFs, especially Springer.
Note – The George Springer post scheduled for today has been moved to next week.
Growing up in the ’60s, a lot of kids thought Willie Mays was the greatest baseball player. Others were in the corner of Mickey Mantle. But at my house, Hank Aaron was my parent’s favorite player and therefore mine.