The latest news around the Astros on March 22nd, including some rumblings about potential extension for both Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.
Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole extension talks?
As noted here by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Astros are in discussions about a contract extensions for their two aces: Verlander and Cole. Honestly, it would be a coup if Houston pulls this off, and it would address a major concern about the club beyond 2019 as both pitchers are scheduled to enter free agency next offseason. That said, I’d have to say that signing both to an extension is doubtful, especially considering their potential market next offseason. Let’s see if these discussions advance past anything other than this initial phase.
Derek Fisher “fine” following a scary dive
Although he will not have a spot on the Opening Day roster, Fisher is a key outfield reserve for the Astros in the minors. He has also put together a very fine Spring Training, slashing .300/.404/.500 with two home runs and seven walks in 17 games. When he came up in pain from a diving catch attempt on a batted ball from Miguel Cabrera, well, it didn’t look good. Fortunately for him, the left shoulder issue was not considered serious.
Press conference scheduled for later Friday afternoon
Be on the lookout for a press conference from the Astros later on Friday afternoon, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. Most likely, it will probably be about Alex Bregman‘s new contract extension that was agreed upon earlier this week.
Drew Ferguson could return to the organization
Dependent on another team claiming him off waivers, it looks outfielder Drew Ferguson, who was a Rule 5 pick of the Giants, may be coming back to the Astros system.
Across four minor league systems, the 26-year old has a career .297/.393/.455 slash line with 35 home runs and a .848 OPS.