Well it’s official.
The glimmer of hope we all had (I had) for Tanaka signing here has been extinguished by the Yankees.
Did the Astros put in a real offer? Rumor has it that the we were in the running but fell short when the numbers soared.
I’ll move along to what’s important here in Houston: What does that mean for the Astros?
Now that Tanaka has signed, the remaining free agents are going to fall in rapid succession. It’s a safe bet that those teams involved in the pursuit of Tanaka and lost out will be going for the remaining available free agents, or moving for a trade.
With little time before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, teams want to take care of business as soon as possible.
With Matt Garza potentially headed to Milwaukee, there are still free agent pitchers out there, but they’ll likely command more money now that Tanaka is off the board.
You’ve still got Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, A.J. Burnett, Bronson Arroyo, and Paul Maholm among others. Not one of them is under 30 and it’s almost a guarantee that Jeff Luhnow won’t be looking toward them this year.
We’re ALMOST (there’s a shred of hope for me at all times) definitely not going to be in contention next year so getting a solid look at any possible starters from our minor league affiliates would be best.
I don’t see us pursuing any further starting pitching. Tanaka was the only pitcher worth going after this off-season for a team coming out of a rebuild.
There is also a fair share of position players awaiting their next payday, as well.
I’d say we have almost no use for McLouth or Stephen Drew, even for 1-year contracts.
Cruz and Morales could be interesting signings for a 1-2 year deal as a DH and spot start at 1st. I’d hate to see either start at 1st, but who knows.
At the end of the day, whether or not we sign any more players won’t have an effect on the overall end result this season. If anything, a veteran position player will hamper the much desired look at the next generation of Astros.
What do you guys think about any further potential free agent signings? Is there someone you’d love to see wearing an Astros uniform? Or do you think we’re all set to break camp and see what the young guys can do?