Houston Astros have addressed the team’s needs in the field and batting order before the Winter Meetings with catcher Brian McCann, outfielder Josh Reddick, and designated hitter/outfielder Carlos Beltran.
But the Houston front office has been clear that the team still has a few holes to fill specifically in the starting rotation.
Astros owner Jim Crane stated the team was going to the meetings looking for pitching:
#Astros owner Jim Crane:"We're going to the meetings still looking 4some pitching.I don't think we're done yet but we've made our big moves"— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 3, 2016
While Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan went further to say that the team needed a No.1 starter:
Reid Ryan on trying to acquire an ace - "What we lack is that starter who you pencil in at the top of the rotation that is an automatic W."— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 4, 2016
Reid’s comments are bit of a slight toward the 2015 Cy Young Award Winner, Dallas Keuchel. But Keuchel didn’t do himself any favors by having one of the worst post-Cy Young campaigns in MLB history — Keuchel was 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 starts.
But the comments still stands... Does this mean the Astros will turn their focus to the Rays frontline starter Chris Archer?