Houston Astros: 2016 offseason wish list

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3) Sign Matt Wieters

This might be a reach, but who wouldn’t want a switch-hitting catcher with the ability to hit for power in their lineup?

Yes, he’s only a year removed from Tommy John surgery, and is coming off a year where he didn’t put up his best stats, but Matt Wieters could be a great fit for the Astros, who could benefit from having his bat in their everyday lineup.

Jason Castro has been the team’s regular backstop for the past few seasons, but his production offensively has lessened each year, which is definitely a cause for concern. If the team could strike a deal for Wieters, Castro could become trade bait, as numerous teams would most likely be interested in obtaining his services.

With Minute Maid Park being an offensive friendly ballpark, Wieters could see his power number skyrocket back to where they were a few years ago with the Baltimore Orioles. It might be a long shot, but Wieters would be a very nice fit for the Astros. The market for Wieters could be slightly limited due to the uncertainty surrounding his elbow. The Astros are better-positioned than some other teams to be able to take a risk on a player like Wieters.

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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