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1.) Yesterday’s non-tender list included some names that could be serviceable outfielders at a minimum cost, or potential bounce back type of pitchers. Names such as David Dahl, Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario, Kyle Schwarber, Nomar Mazara could represent a few lower cost outfield fillers. On the pitching end, names such as Archie Bradley, and Carlos Rodon (does anyone else remember the Tank for Rodon watch on TCB) represent some high upside potential - and a laundry list of potential bullpen reinforcements. Are there any names you would like to see the Astros pursue?

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If you had to choose just 1, which would you like to add to the Astros?

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  • 10%
    David Dahl
    (54 votes)
  • 6%
    Adam Duvall
    (34 votes)
  • 17%
    Eddie Rosario
    (87 votes)
  • 16%
    Kyle Schwarber
    (84 votes)
  • 4%
    Nomar Mazara
    (23 votes)
  • 13%
    Archie Bradley
    (65 votes)
  • 19%
    Carlos Rodon
    (99 votes)
  • 2%
    Other
    (11 votes)
  • 7%
    None
    (39 votes)
496 votes total Vote Now

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2.) The MLB announced a new “Draft League” which is an interesting concept, allowing potential draftees to play 68 games in a summer league that will give them ““unprecedented visibility to MLB Club scouts through both in-person observation and state-of-the-art scouting technology, and educational programming designed to prepare them for careers as professional athletes.””. The MLB Press release stated the league is ““both part of MLB’s broader efforts to modernize player development while preserving baseball in the local communities in which it is currently played.” Others have met it with some skepticism as it continues the cutting back of jobs within the minor league levels, allowing for unpaid play while retaining some control. What are your thoughts on the league? Will it be a must-watch for those who enjoy following the draft and the extra exposure to potential prospects?

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Are you a fan of the new "Draft League"?

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  • 33%
    Yes
    (122 votes)
  • 20%
    No
    (74 votes)
  • 45%
    Meh
    (163 votes)
359 votes total Vote Now

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3.) The MLB is still at a cross-roads and has not made an official decision on whether the DH will be universal for 2021 and beyond. As Astros fans, we’re uniquely qualified as we’re one of the only teams to experience both sides of the coin. For traditionalists, the elements of strategy get lost, do you pull that pitcher in the 6th inning despite him pitching well with a guy in scoring position, the double switch, etc. For others, watching pitchers bat is like nails on a chalkboard. The MiLB has made the DH universal, so even pitchers who were once good hitters, don’t get to see pitching as they develop and are understandably poor hitters. Where do you stand?

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Are you a fan of the National League adopting the DH?

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  • 70%
    Yes
    (353 votes)
  • 21%
    No
    (108 votes)
  • 7%
    Meh
    (38 votes)
499 votes total Vote Now