According to what I hear from the few Houston Astros fans that I know, it seems that they have their doubts as to where the team is really going in the next season or so. They all hope that the Astros are really serious about building a winner this time around but they have doubts as to whether or not it will actually happen. Maybe this news will help them feel better. The Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and assistant GM David Stearns have congregated in Florida with the team’s scouting staff. They are there to discuss, among other things, the free agent market and what the Astros plan to do in it this off-season.
See there, they are not only about bringing along good players from within their own farm system, this Astros bunch is really focused on bringing in some talent from the talented free agent market. I seriously doubt they’ll go out there and get the highest paid guy around but do we really want them to do that? What the Astros really need are a few solid free agent signings to sure up the bullpen and starting staff. They don’t have to be the best of the crop to be affective in Houston.
The same goes for any bats they can bring in off the free agent market as well. They’ll probably look at a few unsigned free agents and invite several as non-rosters to spring training as well. This organization is on the move and they plan on winning real baseball games next season. They probably do not really think they’ll compete for a wildcard spot at the end of the year but to a man they do not expect to lose close to or over 100 games in 2014.
That is why they are already discussing the best course of action to take this off-season. These guys are all business about winning baseball games in the very near future. Hopefully that’ll had a little hop to Astros fans step and a little hope inside their hearts.