The Astros have been showing interest in several players as the GM meetings continue.
Matthew Cerone (MetsBlog) reported the Astros have been showing early interest in Curtis Granderson. Granderson is reportedly looking for a four year deal. The odds of a Granderson-Astros match are likely zero as Ken Rosenthal (FOX) tweeted the other day, “Curtis Granderson just said on Hot Stove that his No. 1 goal as a free agent is to join a winner.” The Mets, Cubs, and White Sox have also shown interest in the outfielder.
Jon Heyman (CBS Sports) reported the Astros are one of several teams that have asked about Mets 1B Ike Davis. After hitting 30 HR’s in 2012, Davis struggled mightily hitting just .205 with 9 HR’s and 33 RBI’s. This seems like a classic Jeff Luhnow buy low though I don’t see the Astros giving up anything of value in a potential deal. The Orioles, Rays, Brewers, and Rockies have also expressed interest in Davis.
The Astros also may have interest in Mark Trumbo according to Jon Heyman (CBS Sports). The Angels prefer to deal Peter Bourjos, Erick Aybar, or Howie Kendrick though Trumbo would net them the biggest package. Trumbo is a 30-HR hitter who is capable of both playing first base and outfield. Heyman mentions the Marlins as already expressing interest, and the Orioles, Rockies, Rays, Brewers, and Red Sox as other potential suitors.
Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) says both the Astros and Jose Veras are open to a reunion in 2014. Veras had a 2.93 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 19 saves in 42 games with the Astros. The Astros shipped him to Detroit near the deadline for Danry Vasquez and David Paulino. Joel Hanrahan is another option for the Astros, and he’s expected to be in touch with the Astros as he rehabs from major arm surgery. Jesse Crain may also be option as well according to Drellich.
What do you think Astros fans? Should the Astros avoid pursuing any of these free agents? Should the Astros chase after other free agents? Sound off in the comments below!