Who is a realistic pitching option that will be a free agent? That may be tougher then signing another bat.
Rumor CentralJon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball writes that Lourdes "had a nice showcase a couple weeks back and is in the process of setting up private workouts for a half-dozen or so teams."
Teams that have shown interest in the 22-year-old Cuban shortstop/second baseman, according to Heyman, are: the Miami Marlins, who will give him a "close look;" the Houston Astros, who will look at him in a private workout, and the Boston Red Sox.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that several St. Louis Cardinals senior scouts have been looking at Gurriel, including at a recent work out in Panama City. The Cards will discuss scheduling a private workout for Gurriel, per Goold.
Goold also writes that some scouts consider Lourdes to be a better all-around player and hitter than his older brother, and his style of play has been compared to that of Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz.
Heyman notes Lourdes' age -- he's a decade younger than Yulieski -- "fits Boston's M.O."
In a 36-game stint with the Astros this season, Yulieski hit .262 with three home runs and 15 RBIs.
Trumbo is the exact opposite of the kind of player the Astros should target.
1) career year at 30
2) questionable strike zone judgement makes career year difficult to duplicate.
3) Has no defensive position where he can play and be league average at best.
We don't need sluggers that have problems making contact, we already have plenty of them. We need guys that can get on base, make consistent contact, and are not sieves defensively.
Keuchel/McCullers/Musgrove/McHugh is a good start. Martes and Paulino will probably get midseason calls (and for those of you concerned with the rotation's velo, those guys have mid 90s heaters). We have a glut of long relievers that we can roll out as 5th starters in the early season and will probably do that.
Last edited by strosbros; 10-05-2016 at 03:51 PM.
Martes has actually thrown a lot of innings (125 in Corpus last year) for a guy his age, and they've been good-- 3.30 ERA, 2.73 FIP, 9.41 K/9, 3.38 BB/9. I wouldn't be opposed to him skipping AAA entirely if they think he can handle ~150-180 MLB innings next year.
Then the Astros could look to move Devenski and Feliz into the rotation. Those guys for 5 innings probably give you better ROI than any starter about to hit the FA market.
Keuchel, McCullers, McHugh, Musgrove, Devenski, Feliz, plus a slew of others in the organization give you plenty of options.
Last edited by utgrad97; 10-05-2016 at 04:06 PM.
We absolutely have to get one of the relievers. I think Chapman is overvalued and we'd get more value out of Jansen or Melancon, but we need to sign an elite reliever this offseason.
I vote Boogity and Wulaw have nothing to do with the season thread title
agreed with utgrad; i would love to see Devo and/or Feliz get a real look at coming to the rotation at some point. I think you go with DK/LMC/Musgrove/McHugh and find from within. if we're gonna spend money, spend where it can help you everyday versus every five - ala the old "should a pitcher win the MVP award" argument.
and someone teach Giles to get more movement on his FB.
stats are for losers.
change speeds, hit your spots, and throw strikes. if 58 year old bartolo colon can do it effectively, here's to thinking devo and/or feliz can do the same.
Last edited by mez2; 10-05-2016 at 05:14 PM.
How far away is Martes? Chance to make the rotation out of spring, mid-season call up, or 2018 at the earliest?
Admittedly I don't know much about him other than he's our top pitching prospect.
Devo has a slider now. It works pretty well, too. Feliz is a two pitch pitcher though.
Last edited by Hoop; 10-05-2016 at 07:00 PM.
High A affiliate moving from Lancaster to Fayetteville, NC.
Tags also reinforced the expectation AAA moves from Fresno to Round Rock after 2018 when agreements for both are up.
What this team needs is a longer lineup with fewer strikeouts. Even just one of Keuchel and LMJ back to form next year and the pitching will be fine.
LMJ needs to refine his pitching, he's tearing up his arm
He's put up great numbers in AA and looks ready to me. Unless he gets hurt he will pitch significant MLB innings next year.
Martes is likely trade bait. But if they don't move him I could see him called up in June if everything goes right.
No doubt we need pitching but had Dallas pitched like last year we would have made the playoffs and won over 90 games. Lets strengthen our Middle relief and closer and add a bat or two.
Dk and McHugh won 39 games between the two of last year - is that an anomaly, or is what we saw last year more realistic? The right answer is probably somewhere in between, but even then we still need a SP
I completely agree but given the sp free agent pool would it be wiser for crane to pursue great middle relief and closer or a 5th rotation guy starter? I hope we spends money this off season or we will continue like we are.
For some reason this kinda mackes me chuckle:
"Yeah, field crew, this is Reid. Look, I need you to have one of your guys go dump a single wheelbarrow full of sand on Tal's Hill."
"Uh, sure, whatever you need Mr. Ryan."
aw man, i forgot to start their offseason thread. like their starters forgot how to keep the ball in the ballpark.
You need to step your obession level up like Trashmaster G
SO what are Shaggy's fantasy hole fixes for
OF: Some combo of Marisnick, Hernandez, and Kemp will round out the OF bench.
C: Gattis the primary, sign some bum to be the backup. No idea what the market looks like, if it sucks try a trade. Stassi isn't going to cut it IMO.
SP: We're fine here. Unless we get one in a package deal with a position player we'll roll with Keuchel/McHugh/McCullers/Musgrove and one of Devinski, Paulino, Feliz, or Martes.
RP: Sign one of Jansen/Chapman/Melancon.
From MLBtraderumors, Obviously some of those Options are being picked up-
Alex Avila (30)
Drew Butera (34)
Jason Castro (30)
A.J. Ellis (36)
Ryan Hanigan (36) — $3.75MM club option with an $800K buyout
Nick Hundley (33)
Chris Iannetta (34) — $4.25MM club option
Jonathan Lucroy (31) — $5.25MM club option with a $25K buyout
Jeff Mathis (34)
Dioner Navarro (33)
A.J. Pierzynski (40)
Wilson Ramos (29)
Carlos Ruiz (38) — $4.5MM club option with a $500K buyout
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (32)
Geovany Soto (34)
Kurt Suzuki (33)
Matt Wieters (31)
Edwin Encarnacion (34)
Ryan Howard (37) — $23MM club option with a $10MM buyout
Chris Johnson (32)
Dae-ho Lee (35)
Adam Lind (33)
James Loney (33)
Mitch Moreland (31)
Logan Morrison (29)
Brandon Moss (33)
Mike Napoli (35)
Steve Pearce (34)
Sean Rodriguez (32)
Carlos Santana (31) — $12MM club option with a $1.2MM buyout
Eric Thames (30)
Anyone follow the Hooks? How did Ramon Laureano look?
It appears he was called up after Teoscar was promoted. not too shabby - .323/.432/.548
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