The Astros are still pursuing Carlos Correa, but there are other free agents on the block worth evaluation.
The Houston Astros are once again lining up for another World Series title. Las Vegas has the Astros as the odds-on-favorite, Justin Verlander is back, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve look sharp and Kyle Tucker Tucker and Yordan Alvarez are still not even in their prime, all is well.
But while most Astros fans have spent countless hours of the night checking Twitter to see if Carlos Correa has re-signed, it’s worthwhile to look around the league and see what other contenders have done.
The Toronto Blue Jays traded for third baseman Matt Chapman and signed right-handed pitchers Kevin Gausman and Yimi Garcia, among other solid pitchers. The Seattle Mariners have traded for All-Stars Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez from the Cincinnati Reds.
The Los Angeles Angels signed righty Noah Syndergaard and re-signed reliever Raisel Iglesias. The Chicago White Sox signed infielder Josh Harrison, relievers Kendall Graveman and Joe Kelly. And everyone from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees to the Blue Jays to the Los Angeles Dodgers are in on the Freddie Freeman sweepstakes.
Even if the Astros keep Correa, Houston will see some fierce competition through the American League this upcoming season. And while Houston may very well already have a deep roster, there are some free agents still out there that could add even more depth to a team in win-now mode.
With that in mind, here are a few non-Carlos Correa free agents the Astros should consider.