Which Astros most deserve a long-term extension?
The Houston Astros fittingly call the old Union Station home. They've dominated the American League over the last six seasons, steamrolling the competition like a freight train. They've sustained massive losses like 2017 World Series MVP George Springer, Carlos Correa, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and others, yet haven't missed a beat as they continue racking up pennants.
How long can they continue to hit on championship caliber talent while letting home grown stars walk in free agency? If it were that easy to keep calling up impact rookies, wouldn't everybody be doing it?
The Astros went two years without a first or second-round draft pick and just lost Oz Ocampo to the Miami Marlins. Ocampo notably landed massive international talent in Framber Valdez, Cristian Javier, José Urquidy and Luis Garcia.
If any team has shown no single piece is irreplaceable, it's Houston. But with the cupboard deemed bare in the farm system and a surefire exec having moved on, is it time to go the Braves' route of looking up young talent long before they reach free agency?
Houston's window to rack up titles remains wide open, but if they are going to remain perennial contenders, now may be the time to lock up these five key pieces for the future.