Major League Off Season Report Card (Astros)

Moves so far

Dexter Fowler ( Photo Credit Denver Post)

  • Acquired CF Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for SP Jordan Lyles and OF Brandon Barnes
  • Signed SP Scott Feldman to a three-year, $30 million deal
  • Signed RHP Chad Qualls to a  two-year deal worth $6 million
  • Acquired SP Anthony Bass and cash from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RP Patrick Schuster
  • Signed RP Jesse Crain to a one-year contract
  • Acquired 1B/OF Jesus Guzman from the San Diego Padres in exchange for INF Ryan Jackson
  • Signed RP Matt Albers to a one-year, $2.45 million contract

Rumor Mill

  • Looking for a first basemen, possibly Lyle Overbay or Mitch Moreland

The Astros have been one of the worst teams in baseball the past few years.  After they traded Hunter Pence, Lance Berkman, and Roy Oswalt, their team became a collection of what many referred to as a minor league team. Few players of note have played for them lately, but that seems to finally be changing.

The Astros acquired Dexter Fowler this offseason, giving them a legit leadoff man, and a respectable bat. Fowler, along with 2B Jose Altuve and C Jason Castro gives them three bats to build around.

The Astros also improved their bullpen, signing Jesse Crain, Chad Qualls, and Matt Albers. Crain is as reliable as they come, posting an ERA under 3.6 in all but two of his ten seasons. Albers hasn’t been as consistent, but he has been better the past few years. He switched to the bullpen after his first two failed seasons as a starter with the Astros. He struggled in the bull pen originally, but in his last two seasons, he has found his from and has become a solid middle reliever. Qualls is a veteran presence, and re-found his form last year with the Marlins, he is another solid addition to the bullpen.

With other solid additions like Scott Feldman and Anthony Bass, there is no doubt the Astro’s have improved this year. Problem is, they still look like they will be the worst team in the AL West. They are moving in the right direction though, and have a good farm system. Once players like 1B Jonathan Singleton, SP Mark Appel, OF George Springer and SS Carlos Correa come up, the Astros will be a scary team once again.

Astros get a B, they didn’t make enough moves to make them competitive, but they improved their team, and are at least trying to rebuild.

If Astros make any moves, an update will be posted.

Next team up is the Rangers

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