Houston Astros: Weekly Recap and Links


We are now 63 days away from Opening Day!

Or if you prefer a smaller timeframe than pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in only 17 days. At this point, the roster appears set for Florida. But that doesn’t mean all of the fun and speculation is postponed until then. Rumors and Signings still happen in late January as we found out with the Doug Fister signing late last week. The team also signed a few minor leaguers to contracts for depth purposes. And let’s not forget that the Houston Astros love a good bargain so be on the lookout for more dumpster diving.

Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers is one name being floated around as potential interest of the Astros. After all, there is a short- and long-term questions at catcher with Jason Castro in a contract year in 2016. And the team could benefit from another bat in the lineup, especially if certain players fail to meet expectations.

Even without additional acquisitions, the Astros appear to be set for 2016. The rotation now goes four-to-five strong without missing a beat. The offense should pick up where it left off last season, especially with a full season from Carlos Correa. Adding Ken Giles to the bullpen that also retained the services of Tony Sipp should continue to produce dividends.

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There was also plenty of prospects news as MLB.com recently released their rankings of the Top 100 prospects along with the Top 10 from each position. The Astros were well represented on the list with A.J. Reed, Alex Bregman, and Francis Martes being ranked within the top 41 with Kyle Tucker and Daz Cameron finding themselves on the list as well.

Houston Astros News and Notes From Around Fansided

BREAKING: Houston Astros Sign Doug Fister [Climbing Tal’s Hill – Issa Cook]

"Houston Astros have a fifth starter by the name of Doug Fister, throw your fists up!"

Houston Astros: Five Astros Prospects Make MLB.com’s Top-100 [Climbing Tal’s Hill – Eric Huysman]

"Despite some trades, the Houston Astros rank high on top-100 list."

Houston Astros Sign Two To Minor League Deals [House of Houston – Yoni Pollak]

"The Houston Astros officially announced the signings of Wandy Rodriguez and two others to Minor League deals today."

Houston Astros: How does this team look now? [Climbing Tal’s Hill – Colin Gay]

"With the 2016 season coming closer every day, Luhnow and the Houston Astros front office are putting the final touches on one of the busiest off-seasons in recent memory."

Houston Astros: 3 Bold Predictions for the 2016 Season [Climbing Tal’s Hill – Mike Mitchell]

"Houston Astros: Most formal preseason sports predictions are lame."

More Houston Astros News and Notes From Around the Internet

Astros feel they’re ‘built to go the distance’ [MLB.com – Richard Justice]

Astros put five on MLB’s Top 100 Prospects List [The Crawfish Boxes – Chris Perry]

Rival GM Like Houston’s Offseason [Astros on Scout – Jason Burke]

The Houston Astros and Doug Fister are a good match [Beyond the Box Score – Shawn Brody]

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