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Astros will remain opportunistic with remaining free agents

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Tony Watson #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Tony Watson #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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A Fisher backup plan.

DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 17: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies during a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting San Diego Padres at Coors Field on September 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 17: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies during a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting San Diego Padres at Coors Field on September 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Getty Images) /

We saw what Derek Fisher was able to do when he first burst onto the big stage in 2017. His offensive ability gave you a brief glimpse of what he could offer long-term. While he did struggle down the road, he still made the postseason roster as a pinch runner specialist. Fisher is capable of hitting 15-20 homers with a decent batting average and 20-25 steals. The league adjusted to Fisher in the second half.

Now it’s his turn to adjust to the league. Fisher could go either direction this year. He could blossom into a young superstar, or he could become the latest Astro prospect to flame out. His adjustments this year could make or break his career, and the Astros drive for back-to-back championships. Should Fisher struggle in 2018, it may not be a bad idea to have a plan b option for left field.

The team would not want Margo as the full-time left-fielder, as it takes away his value. You could see Jake Marisnick get more playing time as well. However, Carlos Gonzalez is still a free agent. Like Lucroy, he is coming off a down season where his production decreased. Once an All-Star, Cargo is more of an afterthought at this moment. He could look to signing a one year deal with a team like the Astros to rebuild his value.

Despite this, I think the Astros will give Fisher a chance this year in left field.

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