Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Astros looking for outfield bat

Finally! NEWZ! Jeff Luhnow told new Astros beat writer Evan Drellich that the Astros were really looking for more production from the outfield...which makes sense since Astros outfielders hit .242/.294/.367 as a unit in 2013 (2013 AL average slash line for an outfielder was .260/.322/.412).

Luhnow, speaking from the GM and Owner's Meetings in Orlando, told Drellich that it's why they went hard after Jose Dariel Abreu (to watch Abreu sign with the White Sox). If you look at what the Astros have in the infield...(according to Luhnow, click the link for context)

1B/DH: Carter, Wallace (!), Krauss
2B: Altuve
3B: Dominguez
SS: Villar

That's pretty much set. Luhnow mentioned the possibility of acquiring a third baseman, but "where would Dominguez play?"

Really our opportunity is to add another offensive weapon is in the outfield.

How would they do such a thing? By considering the possibility of trading some young talent (because you don't have to convince a traded player to play for you), a possibility Drellich says is furthered by the fact that Luhnow has already begun conversations with other teams.

Again, Luhnow:
We’ve been accumulating talent and the idea is to use that talent to help us win at the major league level. Whether that comes through trades or players naturally getting there and playing for us, we have to consider all of our alternatives. We know we need to improve at the big league level, and it needs to start next year and it needs to be significant.

Of course there is a larger strategy at work:
So we’re not going to do anything to block any of our players or disrupt their development. But you can argue that we’re in a position where we have some areas of excess in terms of future talent, and we could potentially use some of that to get something.

Where is that excess? Pitching? We'll see how this unfolds, but at least there is something to actually talk and think about now...

UPDATE: The Phillies just signed Marlon Byrd to a 2yr/$16m deal. And he's 36 years old. And was suspended for testing positive for PEDs. As TCB pointed out, acquiring a premier offensive outfielder through free agency just got a little more expensive.


astroslogy said...

Not so fast. FanGraphs' contract-crowdsourcing project valued Byrd at 2 years/$15 million. So, pretty close to market value.

Blazemule said...

I am more in favor of trading for an outfielder. I bet we might be able to get one of the Dodgers OFer's (Kemp or Ethier) for DDJ, Perez and Wojo. That is the 3 areas where we have decent depth in our minors, we could possibly throw in another pitcher to that. I wouldn't give up too much for those guys the contracts on them are huge. The other option would be trying to get Pederson a block OF prospect from the Dodgers or possibly Calhoun from the Angels who really need some prospects back.

Anonymous said...

Ethier has been injured and in decline the last two years....Dodgers would likely give him up for almost nothing if someone offers to pick up his contract.....

....cannot believe Luhnow still thinks Wallace has ANY chance to contribute....how many years and at bats do you need to prove that a guy can't hit, especially when he was considered an "advanced" hitting prospect coming out of college ! Cut your losses and move on, Jeff....