Practical Free Agent and Trade Targets That Make Sense

Without fully recapping everything we already know about Shin-Soo Choo and Chris Young, let us visit a few recent rumors. Boars is reportedly seeking 90 mil for Choo and he normally starts high. Thus giving us reason to believe that Boras / Choo would accept less. This would seemingly be right up the Astros ally. Choo is an OBP machine and we all ready know they are looking for it. As for Young, his numbers are ridiculous at Minute Maid Park and he reportedly wants to play for his hometown Stros. You might could argue that the pitching had more to do with it, and it very likely could have, but something can be said for having home field advantage. Especially, when a player can play for the team he grew up watching and dreaming to play for. In my opinion, Baseball is so much more of a head game these days than it has ever been. These guys only know the stress of baseball and not much else. For the most part, all they can look forward to is breaking out of slumps due to confidence in play. Of course, players find motivation in multiple ways, but noting seems to motivate more than performing before ones own roots. I say give Chris Young a shot. I very much like the idea of an Outfield consisting of Young in left, Springer in center and Choo in right. As for pitching, there have been statements by the upper management regarding the possibility of trades. I personally like the idea of trading for Jeff Samardzija as opposed to some of these others High Profile pitchers like Price. There have been rumors regarding the Cubs making Samardzija available, and they are in a rebuilding phase as well. Samardzija has less innings on his arm and is a flame thrower. He has time in the pen which makes him versatile down the rd. He's a high profile arm and has a tendency to strike out many per game. Ultimately, he would come much cheaper than Price or anyone else with a CY Young under his belt. As for relief pitching, there are quite a few good ones available so Id rather not list the possibilities. My practical wishful thinking Astros lineup and rotation by the end of 2014 might look something like this.


2B - Jose Altuve - Right

RF - Shin-Soo Choo - Left

CF - George Springer - Right

1B - Jonathan Singleton - Left

DH - Chris Carter - Right

C - Jason Castro - Left

LF - Chris Young - Right

3B - Matt Dominguez - Right

SS - Jonathan Villar - Switch - (unlikely but hopeful that Carlos Correa might be ready)


Jeff Samardzija - Right

Mark Appel - Right

Carlos Rodon - Left - (Likely 1st Rd Pick of 2014)

Jared Cosart - Right

Brett Oberholtzer - Left

Jordan Lyles - Right - (I also think he might make a good Closer)

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