Houston Astros: Assessing the Catcher Situation

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Hank Conger is now calling Tampa Bay home, the Houston Astros now need to address the catcher position.

Oct 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) chats with catcher Jason Castro (15) during the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals in game four of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Whatever course of action the Houston Astros decide to do at the position may have both short- and long-term implications when you also consider that Jason Castro is a free agent after next season. And don’t forget that the team traded who was regarded as their top catching prospect, Jacob Nottingham, to Oakland as part of the Scott Kazmir trade this past summer.

The need for another catcher is real for the Astros, and any decision could also hold long-term implications when considering the uncertainty surrounding the Castro situation heading into next season.

But there a few options, external and internal, who could step in 2016 and beyond as the Houston  Astros front office look to strengthen the catcher position.

Next: Option 1