Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thursday Morning Hot Links

Congratulations to the Murphies (and their fans) who are now World Series-bound. Remember when you were really good at your job for a week and a half and it got you an extra $30m? 

*Brian McTaggart leads us off with a big article about payroll affecting what the Astros do in free agency, given the number of arbitration-eligible players on the team. 

-Despite having Keuchel, McHugh, McCullers, Feldman, Fiers, and a host of younger guys in the mix for a rotation spot, Mactaggart writes that the Astros "will make a run at a veteran starter" like Doug Fister, Mike Leake, and...(gasp) David Price maybe?

-Unsurprisingly, Tags says the Astros will make another run at a power arm at the back of the bullpen.

-Lots of other good notes, so be sure to check it out. 

*The LA Times speculates that the Astros could be a suitor for Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Davis. Cespedes I can see. Davis is a stretch for me. For whatever that's worth.

*Former Astros and current Hooks pitching coach Doug Brocail is one of a handful of guys being "Strongly considered" to join Brad Ausmus on the Tigers' coaching staff. 

*A.J. Reed was 1x4 and Derek Fisher was 0x3 with a walk; Brian Holmes threw 3IP, 0H/0ER, 4K:1BB and Albert Minnis threw 1IP, 2H/0ER, 1K:0BB in Glendale's 1-0 walkoff win yesterday in the Arizona Fall League. 

*Derek Holland, who wiped his butt with a Blue Jays towel, doesn't care for Jose Bautista's zany antics.


Chaz R said...

That was an encouraging report by McTaggart. I don't see McHugh as a top of the rotation pitcher though, and you can't put Fister and Leake in the same category as Price. I would really love to see the Astros get an established top of the rotation RHP to pair with Keuchel. Price would be awesome, also very expensive. Jordan Zimmermann is coming off a down year and might be a good bargain. The rest of the Astros SPs are all decent, but also all back of the rotation types. Definitely some trade bait there though.

I hope they bring Sipp back, move Gregerson back to a set-up role, and get an established Closer. Chapman and Kimbrel would be awesome, but that would also be costly in a trade scenario- top prospects and likely major league ready pitcher combo.

Lots of interesting corner OF Free Agents out there. I don't see them bringing Colby back or making him a QO given it's now +$15m.

hooksfan said...

Brocail has been slated to stay with the Hooks for 2016. The only individual who moved was Mark Spadavecchia whose going to Tri-City. I like seeing former Hooks show up as coaches within the Astros farm system.