Ranking the Houston Astros 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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Ranking the Houston Astros 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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When a franchise is the proud owner of several 100 loss seasons in a row, there is little doubt that improvement is needed. The Houston Astros are finally to a point where they could really make that big step forward from perennial losing team to a winning threat but they need some changes to be made to get to that point. There are signs that the Astros are willing to be very active on the free agent and even trade market to fill holes and improve their team now.

The general idea would be that the team would improve with a few moves from the outside while their home-grown talent prepares to get ready in the best and deepest farm system in the game. The immediate concern however is what they can do to make themselves better in 2014, not 2015 through 2025. Luckily, though their market might be tough because few star players will want to make the move to a team accustomed to losing seasons, they have what it takes and the people in place to make the right moves.

It wouldn’t surprise many people if the Astros played slightly better in 2014 but they do not appear to be looking for slightly better. From the sound of front office talk they want to spend some money and make a splash now. Will they win it all? That would be the most shocking story of the current century thus far so probably not. They could compete however with a few quick moves in the right direction. Let’s take a look.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Lock Up Jason Castro

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Castro is quickly going to become one of the best young offensive catchers in MLB. The Astros have locked up their second baseman for a few years and now they owe it to themselves and to the upcoming season to do the same with Castro.

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4 – Closer

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The Astros don’t need to spend all the money they have going after a top of the line, free agent closer. They do need a solid ninth inning option however. Maybe the best man for this job is the same one that just left it at the end of 2013, Jose Veras.

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3 – Fill Starting Rotation

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The Astros have large needs in the starting rotation but most of the spots can be filled with promising prospects from their organization and a few free agent starters that come for cheaper but put up good numbers and eat innings.

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2 – Reliable Offensive Outfielder

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Shin-Soo Choo is on the list for the Astros as they really would love to be able to sign him. Whether or not that ends up being possible, they still need to get at least one experienced and offensively reliable outfielder for 2014.

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1 – David Price

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The Astros came in tied for second place in a vote recently among executives asked which team would best be able to land David Price via trade. They have the deep farm system to get the deal done and making a big splash move like this would be critical to their immediate future.

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