Can Dreams Actually Come True?
Ideally, we keep both Chirinos and Maldonado. They come relatively cheap and they know most of our staff. With Chirinos becoming JV’s personal catcher this past season, he seems to be a lock to get an offer from the Astros. Maldonado was extremely relieved to come back at the trade deadline, so one would think that there’s room for negotiations to keep him in the fold.
They would both be good mentors to train the young Garrett Stubbs, as well. Win-win!
I believe it is highly likely that the Astros non-tender Chris Devenski. Aaron Sanchez is slated to miss at least half of the season in 2020 recovering from shoulder surgery, and while non-tendering him would make some room in the budget, I personally think it would behoove the team to hang on to him on the IL. He could prove to be a sneaky weapon to add to the rotation or the pen mid-season.
I think we can look for offers to be made both to Will Harris and Joe Smith. Between the two of them, predictions are they each will garner interest for two-year contracts. These are two veteran arms who both performed very well in 2019, including the postseason, and who would most likely come as a great comfort to AJ Hinch to have back in the pen.
Let’s talk starters, though.
With Lance McCullers, Jr., coming back from Tommy John surgery, he’s likely going to be micro-managed and his inning count kept to a minimum. But wow! Verlander, Greinke, and McCullers is a 1-2-3 punch that should prove to be very daunting for any lineup to face.