This is a sad day for all stros fans who wanted Veras back. It's sad because Veras signed with the CUBS.(according to mlbtr http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/12/cubs-to-sign-jose-veras.html) Yes, those Cubs that have the curse. Yes the Cubs who once had Alfonso Soriano. Yes the same Cubs who had Dale Sveum as manager. Yes, the same cubs who just signed Wesley Wright for over 1 million dollars.
OK, so the Cubs stole our hope for a reliable closer. What now?
Lets have a look at the 25 man Roster
Lets assume the Astros carry 13 pitchers this year. Now subtract the rotation from the 13 and you get 8 relief pitchers. We need 2 long reliever, which for now will be Martinez and Harrell. Then you need a lefty specialist, which will be Chapman for now. Next, you need 2 middle relievers. Those will be Owens and Valdez. You need 2 setup man. Ill choose Albers and Lo. This leaves us at closer. I would go with Qualls.
Now, for a little roster explaining. I got this roster from http://www.rotoworld.com/teams/depth-charts/MLB.aspx.I'm pretty sure that roster is accurate. A couple of notes, the 40 man stands at 39. Kevin Bass is not listed on the 25 man roster. I expect him to be added and someone else to be taken off.
Now comment away.