Houston Astros: 2016 offseason wish list

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1) Re-sign some key free agents

Some teams elect to let their top free agents to sign elsewhere, but the Astros should definitely make a strong effort to bring three players back: Scott Kazmir, Colby Rasmus and Tony Sipp.

If the price is right, the Astros should bring Kazmir back. Although he struggled in his 13 starts with the Astros after being dealt to Houston before the trade deadline, Kazmir could be a good candidate to return, as he could continue being a veteran leader on a very young staff while also giving valuable production in the process.

The Astros offered Rasmus a qualifying offer, but it is unknown whether or not he will accept it. If history repeats itself, Rasmus (like every other player who ever received a qualifying offer) will reject the offer and will look at his options on the free-agent market.

In his first season as an Astro, Rasmus posted a slash line of .238/.314/.475 in 137 games, slugging 25 home runs while driving in 61. The 29-year-old had a strong postseason, and proved that he could be a valuable piece for a contending team in the future.

It’s a no-brainer to bring Rasmus back, as he provides quality outfield depth that could help the Astros in 2016 and possibly beyond. Even if he declines his qualifying offer, the Astros would be smart to make a strong push to bring Rasmus back.

With a weak crop of available free agent relievers, Sipp should receive a very appealing offer on the open market. Sipp was outstanding for the Astros in 2015, posting a 1.99 ERA in 60 appearances out of the bullpen. The 32-year-old has earned his pay day, and it would be a wise investment for the Astros to keep the left-hander on their roster.

3 Responses

  1. BRSQUIRRL

    I’m not sure Scott Kazmir would leave a hole in the Astros’ rotation. They would still have Keuchel, McCullers, McHugh, Fiers (assuming they don’t move him to the pen), and Feldman (back from injury). They also have Vincent Valesquez, who was pitching fairly well as a starter and was moved to the bullpen mainly because they acquired Kazmir.

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  2. Basketball Coach

    Don’t forget 3rd base. That’s the only loose end, I think, once you address catcher, bullpen, one more elect starter, and 1st base.

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  3. Basketball Coach

    Oh, sorry, you didn’t address 1st. So let’s add 1st and 3rd base … Maybe we can count on A.J. Reed at first, but 3rd needs an upgrade, too, I think.

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