With the offseason just beginning for the Astros (unless you say the offseason started in mid-April) their will be less and less news to write about for the next few months. Things will pick up around winter-meetings but for now expect it to be a slow two months. Here are some Astros news and notes from the last week.
The Astros announced some coaching staff moves yesterday. Dave Clark (1B coach) and Dennis Martinez (Bullpen coach) will not return in 2014. Doug Brocail will also be replaced as the team’s pitching coach however he will move into a front office role for the next season. Dave Trembley (3B coach) will return to the team in 2014 and it seems like he may become the new bench coach. Eduardo Perez (Bench coach) was offered a contract to return for 2014 but their is no word yet on his decision. John Mallee (Hitting coach) is under contract for 2014 and will return. GM Jeff Luhnow mentioned that Dave Clark coached base runners and worked with the outfielders. Luhnow mentioned the Astros will look for a new coach who can coach the middle infielders, specifically Jose Altuve and Jonathan Villar. I expect to see Adam Everett in that role next year. Click here for Ray Kuhn’s thoughts on the matter.
The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America gave out their awards. Jason Castro was named the team MVP. Castro batted .276 with 18 HR, 56 RBI, 35 2B, and a .835 OPS in 435 at-bats. Brett Oberholtzer was named the Pitcher of the Year. In Oberholtzer’s 71.2 IP, he had a 2.76 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP with 45 strikeouts. Jarred Cosart was named rookie of the year and Carlos Corporan won the Darryl Kile award. Paul Goldschmidt took home the Houston Area Major League Player of the Year.
For those that enjoy heading to Kissemmee, Florida for spring training, your plans will likely change. Plans to move to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida are close to 95% done according to an article by Brian McTaggart. Later in the article it says that developments to get a Triple-A club near Houston are getting closer.
The Astros also made several roster moves the other day. Philip Humber, Brandon Laird, Cody Clark, and Matt Pagnozzi were all taken off the 40-man roster. The Astros claimed Raul Valdes from the Phillies and also added Jonathan Singleton to the 40-man roster. The Astros need to protect several key minor leagues from the Rule V draft so expect several moves regarding those prospects within the next month. The Astros 40-man roster currently stands at 38.