The Astros are contending in 2022, but there are young assets not worth trading just yet.
The window of opportunity for major-league clubs to vie for a championship doesn’t last forever.
Free agency and financial limitations means players almost always move at some point in their careers, while payrolls fluctuate and managers, general managers and even owners can change. It’s a never ending balancing act.
The trick is to get the right group of guys at the right time in their careers and build them into a team that can win, roll the dice and hope things work out in October.
But there’s also the consideration of balancing short term success versus what’s good for the organization longer term, and the fact that these two goals are often at odds with each other as we’re seeing with the Carlos Correa free agency.
With that in mind, here are four moves the Houston Astros shouldn’t make once the lockout ends.