It's tough to figure out what the actual payroll is now, especially not knowing the particulars of the trades, how much cash was eaten, etc. However, as near as I can figure, the Astros have reduced their payroll to $50-$60M? Even if I'm off on the calculation, the Astros have clearly dropped their payroll significantly from where they started the season, which is really my point.
That begets the question, what do the Astros do now that they have a rookie infield, an offense missing a consistent big bat, a lead-off hitter with an undesireable OBP, and some extra money for payroll?
As discussed on the other threads, the pitching staff looks to be solid enough to win games next year, full of #2 and #3 pitchers but missing an "ace". The Astros appear to be solid defensively (yes, even with Lee). The glaring problem is the lack of consistent HR power.
Do you hope that Lee turns it around next year, that Wallace and CJ develop power, and just be content with solid pitching, good defense, and "small ball" next year?
Or, do you spend some of that money that was saved by trading Oswalt, Berkman, and Feliz and bring in a bat or two. If so, where do you put them?
It's a great problem to have but am interested in hearing some opinions.