Astros to spend on free agents?

The assumption going into this offseason was that, besides a minor league signing here or there, the Astros would be fairly quiet in the free agent market. That scenario may still play out but Jon Heyman posted a very intriguing tweet this morning that might surprise some folks. Basically, that the Astros would be in play for one maybe two free agents this offseason. The news comes as a bit of a shock, considering the organization’s status and potential owner’s vote coming Thursday.

Does this mean that Crane already has an idea of what he envisions this year’s club to look like and he will come out of the gate flying, once the his ownership bid is approved? Two other points of contention, what type of free agents should he be looking at and who will be looking at those free agents? All these questions may be answered within a very short amount of time, if all goes well Thursday.

 

Topics: Free Agency, Jim Crane, Jon Heyman

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  • Stroscrow

    I read that earlier today, and for the most part I believe its a good thing. The Astros need a shortstop, and Jose Reyes presents a Carlos Lee type of contract that could be a big problem with his injury history. Jimmy Rollins could be a logical target but I would almost rather have Clint Barmes.

    Yu Darvish would be the right type of investment as he would generate excitement and is young enough to be around when the Astros get good assuming that they do get good again. The problems with him are a.) Does he get posted, and b.) If posted are other teams going to bid up the asking price to unreasonable amounts.

    There’s really no other free agent options out there that I would be interested in.

  • Stroscrow

    I read that earlier today, and for the most part I believe its a good thing. The Astros need a shortstop, and Jose Reyes presents a Carlos Lee type of contract that could be a big problem with his injury history. Jimmy Rollins could be a logical target but I would almost rather have Clint Barmes.

    Yu Darvish would be the right type of investment as he would generate excitement and is young enough to be around when the Astros get good assuming that they do get good again. The problems with him are a.) Does he get posted, and b.) If posted are other teams going to bid up the asking price to unreasonable amounts.

    There’s really no other free agent options out there that I would be interested in.

    • LEXthePEX

      @Stroscrow I’m a little surprised to see that the Stros haven’t looked at Yoenis Cepedes, he’s the type of player a rebuilding team could invest in. A name that won’t sell tickets but would be a great under the radar acquisition is Ryan Doumit. The guy can be the backup catcher, 1st baseman and potentially in RF. He could also be a DH candidate in 2013.

  • LEXthePEX

    @Stroscrow I’m a little surprised to see that the Stros haven’t looked at Yoenis Cepedes, he’s the type of player a rebuilding team could invest in. A name that won’t sell tickets but would be a great under the radar acquisition is Ryan Doumit. The guy can be the backup catcher, 1st baseman and potentially in RF. He could also be a DH candidate in 2013.