The Astros could add low-cost options to their roster this spring, so here are two options to consider.
The Houston Astros don’t have many needs regarding free agency this offseason. With the lockout halting discussions with major-league free agents, there is no progress on the front of retaining Carlos Correa nor finding a bat to replace his production on the market.
Prior to the start of spring training, Major League Baseball teams add non-roster invites to enter the mix as possible 40-man roster additions by early April. Last year, the Astros signed outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and reliever Steve Cishek to minor-league deals for extra options.
Neither made the 40-man, but we could see similar moves once spring training commences. The first look is to find free agents that would be subject to minor-league contracts or one-year major-league deals that have ties to general manager James Click’s tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays.
With new additions to the front office from Los Angeles, this approach could likely change, but even without a collective bargaining agreement, we haven’t seen the Astros secure a former major-leaguer on a minor-league contract this winter.
If the Astros do take the approach of adding one-year deals to the 40-man roster, a corresponding move will need to be made. There are three centerfield options and a few fringe relievers that could be on the move to make room for a major-league signing.