The Houston Astros have been one of the more active teams in the last few weeks. Even after acquiring Dexter Fowler, and signing Scott Feldman and Chad Qualls, the Astros are still expected to make a few more moves. Reports have said the Astros are looking for more bullpen help as well as another bat. Let’s take a look at some of the potential options.
Bullpen still an Astros target. First base also an area they’re looking at.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) December 9, 2013
- Jose Veras (RP) – Veras, 33, started the 2013 season with the Astros after signing a 1-year deal for $2 million with a $3.25 million option for 2014. The Astros traded him to the Tigers last season, and the Tigers declined his club option following this past season. Veras finished the season with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 62.2 innings pitched. Veras now stands to make a bit more money and there may be mutual interest between the two teams.
- Joel Hanrahan (RP) – Hanrahan, 32, is a former closer who would be a great fit in Houston. Hanrahan had a 1.83 ERA on his way to 40 saves in 2011. In 2012, Hanrahan had a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves, and it was his second straight season with an All-Star appearance. 2013 wasn’t as nice to Hanrahan as he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in May. Hanrahan is currently rehabbing from the surgery but could be game-ready in late March. He will likely ask for an incentive-laden 1-year deal.
- James Loney (1B) – Loney, a Houston native, is coming off a bounce-back season with the Tampa Bay Rays last season. Loney slashed .299/.348/.430 with 13 HR, 33 2B, and 75 RBI. Loney could be a similar signing to Carlos Pena last year, though he’s currently drawing interest from the Pittsburgh Pirates among other teams.
- Corey Hart (1B/OF) – Hart, 31 (32 in March), missed all of 2013 with microfracture surgery, but is still drawing interest from many teams. Hart hit at least 26 HR’s in each season between 2010 and 2012 and his OPS was between .841 and .865. Hart may be looking for a 1-year deal to establish his value next offseason and there would be ample playing time for him to do so with the Astros.
From earlier this week: Four Trades The Astros Should Consider
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