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MLB GM Meetings Astros Beat Writer's Update Through Tuesday


With the General Managers’ Meetings two days in, both Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) and Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) have been updating fans on the latest Astros news.

Jon Heyman (CBS Sports) reported that teams have been calling the Astros about Jason Castro. Both Drellich and McTaggart spoke with Jeff Luhnow about Castro and Luhnow responded saying,

That’s probably due to the fact that catchers are in demand this offseason, and he’s a good one. He’s penciled in my lineup for opening day and a long time to come. I’ve always said nobody’s off limits. … He’s a good player. I’m not surprised that people would want to talk.

I wrote my thoughts about a possible Castro trade in an article yesterday. Though it appears as if they’ll hold on to the young, controllable, All-Star catcher, the Astros won’t hesitate to pull the trigger if they are blown away by an offer.

McTaggart spoke with Luhnow who said they will definitely think twice before giving up a draft pick for a big time free agent.

We definitely are going to think twice before making any big commitments that include losing a draft pick and/or committing a lot of dollars for a long period of time. Having said that, we’re doing our own analysis on every free agent that’s out there. There is a price at which we’d be interested in almost all of them.

Jim Crane told McTaggart in October that the Astros would like to raise the payroll to the $50-$60 million range. Luhnow expects to come out of the offseason signing a few guys, but not necessarily any big name free agents.

 

The Astros are expected to meet with Carlos Rodon, potential first overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft, over the next few weeks. Mike Elias, the Astros director of scouting, says the Astros will meet with several potential candidates over the next month.

We try to get to know the kids personally so we have some relationship and feel for his personality and relationship history going into the process. We’re doing that with several players this winter, particularly college ones over the winter time. Typically, as the high school field emerges through the spring, we may or may not meet with some of those kids as well.

Last year the Astros met with six of the candidates before selecting Mark Appel in June.

 

Astros Beat Writer’s Articles From Tuesday

Drellich – On Jason Castro

Drellich – Bullpen options

McTaggart – On Jason Castro

McTaggart – Astros don’t want to lose draft pick

McTaggart – Astros to meet with Carlos Rodon

 

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