The Astros need to be aggressive in the 2014 free agent season. While many "experts" believe that the Astros should be focusing on the 2015 season when many of the younger players should be ready to help the "Big club", let’s not lose sight of 2014. The Astros lost 29 games in 2013 when they had the lead going into the 8th inning. While it would be somewhat absurd to believe that they should have won every one of those games, assuming a 19-10 record in those games is not. If you’re wondering, that would have been a 70 win season. So what this shows us is that the Astros were much improved last season in many areas in spite of their dismal final record. You would be hard pressed to find an Astros fan who would not have taken 70-92 last year.
To the point, the Astros need to be aggressive for a couple of reasons. First, they’re not as far from .500 as many think. With an upgraded bullpen and a little help offensively, we could see 70-75 wins in 2014, and that is on the conservative side. Second, if Mr. Crane desires to sell season tickets and the Executive Suites in 2014, he’ll improve the product on the field dramatically. So, why be aggressive? Why can’t they wait to see how the top tier free agents contracts go and then sign the best of the rest? Because this baseball community is losing its pulse and something needs to be done to make us fight to live. This is not a knock on the faithful Astros fans. It’s hard to be a fan of a team that has just lost 324 games over 3 seasons and then the organization tells everyone that they are bringing back the same team again. But we’re doing our best to stay true to our team. But the Astros front office, you, Mr. Crane, need to make a move that shows the fans your commitment to the fans that have not walked away. The aggressive move may be to bring in a top tier free agent. Then again it may be to get help in key areas and let the talent in the organization mature. Either way, the Astros should start making noise now, and not wait until February. It’s time that we, the fans, were given hope sooner, rather than later.