The Houston Astros are reportedly and potentially facing a “mass exodus” from a handful of senior players, but this is easily answered for and probably fake.
According to several anonymous sources (always the best kind of source, right?), the Houston Astros may be hurting more from the overblown scandal now then they were before. Or rather, they are soon to be hurting.
These sources report that all the contracts expiring this year won’t be renewed, that these four senior statesmen want to get away from the “toxicity” at the club and move one to greener pastures.
The four players in question are George Springer, Michael Brantley, Josh Reddick, and Yuli Gurriel, as well as the risk of Carlos Correa, Justin Verlander, and Zack Greinke. This chunk of seven players is a big part of the present state of the club, but let’s think about it for a second.
Free agency or trades, there’s no “mass exodus” coming for the Astros
For starters, before I even dig into how we would answer all these exits, let me just get this out there—none of this is verified in any way and probably won’t happen. There is no reason to believe that any of these guys aren’t still cozy in Houston.
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I mean, I can’t imagine thinking Springer or Gurriel is in anyway disenchanted by a club that has done so much for them and vice versa.
Not to mention Carlos Correa.
That said. If these guys were to leave, and we’re talking everyone except Correa, who isn’t going anywhere, these are all older players. Guys that are getting to the point where we need to start figuring out replacements anyway. Yordan Alvarez? He can play first base. Kyle Tucker? There’s a reason he’s staying up here. The Astros, whatever perceived “toxicity” there is here, is still an attractive place to land these days. Alex Bregman? Jose Altuve? Alvarez? These guys aren’t going anywhere.
If worse comes to worst and even some of these guys leaves, there isn’t any risk that we don’t replace them through trades or through this robust farm system.
But again, let me just say that this mass “exodus” we might see isn’t going to happen. If it does, it’s called free agency. It’s called getting younger. It’s not called “escaping some perceived toxicity.” That’s foolishness. When you’re alienated as a team, your players stay together, they don’t go off and abandon ship. None of these guys is the quitting type. We know that already.