Astros: Once Altuve, Springer & Co. return, who stays and who goes?

Brian Murray
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Manager A.J. Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros and general manager Jeff Luhnow talk during batting practice at Minute Maid Park on April 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Manager A.J. Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros and general manager Jeff Luhnow talk during batting practice at Minute Maid Park on April 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – JUNE 12: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros catches a line drive by Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park on June 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

That leaves us with two position players too many. Those two spots to vacate will have to come from Jake Marisnick, Tyler White, and/or Tony Kemp. This is where the toughest decision is going to lie. As mentioned before, all three are out of options and are at the risk of losing them to another team.

I think the best choice out of the three is to keep Marisnick. White simply gets edged out due to the numbers, there just won’t be room in the infield. Now it’s just down to Marisnick and Kemp for the outfield spot. I feel Marisnick has the better bat and the better defense between the two of them.

There are always completely other ways the front office could go. The trading deadline is getting closer every day. Who’s to say, maybe a package deal of a few these players could be sent elsewhere in exchange for a pitcher, to solidify the starting rotation. But that would be a whole other article to write.

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These are just my thoughts on how the Astros could make their roster moves to allow room for our returning stars. I’m sure you all have your own ideas of what the roster may look like. There are many options available and I won’t hold my breath until the front office asks my opinion. But GM Jeff Luhnow has done pretty well up to now and I trust he’ll continue to do what’s best for the team.

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