4) Dive into the starting pitching market
If Scott Kazmir decides to leave via free agency, the Astros will have a hole in their rotation that will need to be filled.
With a hole in the rotation, this could be a spot where the Astros decide to make a big splash this offseason. There are plenty of big name free agent starting pitchers on the market, and the team could look to add another legitimate arm to compliment Dallas Keuchel at the top of the team’s rotation.
It is unknown how much the team is willing to spend, but some big-name free agents on the market include Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmerman. If the team looks for cheaper alternatives, guys like Mike Leake and Brett Anderson could definitely come into play.
Of all the possible candidates, Jeff Samardzija makes a lot of sense. The 30-year-old doesn’t have a lot of mileage on his arm, and although he had a rough 2015 season, Samardzija has shown that he has the ability to be a top of the line starter.
There are many routes the Houston Astros could take, but adding another quality starter would only boost their young and talented starting rotation.