Next week as the Winter Meetings wind down, we get the Rule 5 draft, where teams can add unprotected minor-league players to their 25-Man roster. The Astros have been active in the Rule 5 draft in recent years, bringing the team Rhiner Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez, Aneury Rodriguez, and Wesley Wright. A player selected has to stay on the 25-Man roster for the entire season or be returned to the original team.
Given that the Astros had the worst record in baseball in 2012, they'll get the first pick in the Rule 5 draft, and Jeff Luhnow says they expect to take a player:
There are definitely players of interest to us. It’s just
a matter of how they fit on our roster compared to our other
Luhnow went on to say that he expects to add one or two players in the Rule 5 portion, which takes place December 6.