Houston Astros: 2016 offseason wish list

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2) Trade for Craig Kimbrel or Aroldis Chapman

Luke Gregerson had a great season in the closer’s role for the Astros, but the team should still look into adding either Kimbrel or Chapman.

Rumors swirled before the trade deadline that both pitchers were available, and the Astros were one of the reported teams who had interest in trading for a closer. A deal couldn’t come to fruition before the deadline, but the trade talks could very well resume this offseason.

Both pitchers should still be available, and what better way to strengthen your bullpen than to add one of the game’s best closers to finish ball games for your club. With a move like this, the team would be able to use Gregerson as a setup man, a role in which he has thrived in during his career.

Kimbrel’s price tag may be a little higher than Chapman’s, who is in the final year of his contract, but either pitcher would be a great fit for the Astros. If the Astros could swing a deal for either one of these relievers, their bullpen will be a major problem for opposing lineups.

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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