The Houston Astros have seen their struggles over the last few seasons, but the 2015 season was definitely a new direction for the ballclub. In his first season with the club, manager A.J. Hinch helped turn things around in a hurry, as the Astros posted a winning record this season for the first time since 2008, and ended a nine-year playoff drought in the process.
After defeating the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card game behind Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, the Astros came up just short in the ALDS, losing in a tough five-game series to the eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals.
Although they came up short in 2015, the Astros organization has a lot to look forward to during the next few seasons. Their roster is full of young, promising talent, as the entire 2015 everyday lineup were all under the age of 30. With guys such as Jose Altuve (25), George Springer (25) and Carlos Correa (20) in the mix, the Astros should draw a lot of attention over the next few years.
With any roster, there are always ways to improve. In order to take the next step to become serious World Series contenders, the Astros need to make some moves to help bolster their roster.
Here are five possible free agent targets that the Astros should consider signing this offseason.