Houston Astros: Ranking Their Top 5 Free Agent Options
By Josh Cameron
The Fourth top Astros Free-Agent Target
Nov 1, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) grounds out in the 12th inning against the New York Mets in game five of the World Series at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
4. Alex Gordon
I doubt any Astros fan is over the postseason collapse against the Royals. But, what better way to avenge than sign on of their franchise cornerstones. There is no guarantee he is a free agent yet. The Royals have a club option on him worth $12.5 million. But, there’s a good chance the Royals decline because of the other free agent’s they have this season and next season. The Royals have never been an organization to spend big money, but maybe their World Series victory will change that.
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If he is a free agent, he could be a good option for the Astros. Many believe Preston Tucker still needs some development. Some also feel Jake Marisnick won’t become a full-time starter until Carlos Gomez becomes a free agent next offseason. You’ll also notice by the end of this article that I am not recommending resigning Colby Rasmus.
As opposed to Rasmus, Gordon strikes out less, hits for a higher average, and essentially produces the same amount of runs. He’s also a better defender than Rasmus, who happens to be an above average defender as well. Gordon will be 32 next season and might be looking for his last major contract. If the Houston Astros are looking to spend money, Alex Gordon is a legitimate option.
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