The off-season for the Houston Astros was somewhat surprising to some, and long-awaited for others. To me I think we could of done a little better. I mean with the money we spent on Carlos Lee, we could of had 2 or 3 other quality players to fill pitching holes.
Pick-ups the Astros should have made:
Jeff Suppan – Solid 4 or 5 guy in the rotation, Astros would rather have him than Fernando Nieve.
Gil Meche – He very well could of been the Astros number 2, big strikeout guy (156K in 186.2 Innings). But the Astros were never really in talks with him.
Joe Borowski – If Lidge had another drop off, he would of been a good fill in.
Pick-ups the Astros should still make:
Roger Clemens – His third comeback, should be with us.
Mark Mulder – One of the few middle of the line starters left.
Jeff Weaver – I can’t believe I said that.
But with Lee and Williams the Astros have a good chance at the playoffs.
Their projected line-up, according to me, is:
9.Pinch Hitter:Jason Lane
Pitching, according to me, is:
LRP – Chris Sampson
LRP – Matt Albers
MRP – Chad Qualls
MRP – Dan Wheeler
LHS – Trever Miller
CL – Brad Lidge
LHS=Left handed specialist
Astros key off-season transactions:
Carlos Lee – 6-year $100 million
Woody Williams – 2-year $12.5 million
Craig Biggio – 1-year $5.15 million
Houston Astros acquired:Starting pitchers Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio
Colorado Rockies acquired:Starting pitchers Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh and OF Willy Taveras.
Overall team grade:72
Overall Off-Season Grade:80
My Prediction: 3rd place in the National League Central.