Just trying to clear my mind and kind of collect my thoughts and kind of build a plan towards what I need to do and where I need to put myself in Spring Training.
*No, says Evan Drellich, the Astros probably won't go out and get Yoenis Cespedes. Luhnow:
We're still in the same spot we've been in. We're monitoring the players that are available and trying to figure out if there's a fit, and when I say available, I don't mean only via free agency. There's discussions with other teams about trade possibilities as well.
*Carlos Correa is David Schoenfield's Most Intriguing Player in the AL West.
If there's one player who can challenge Mike Trout and Bryce Harper for best-player-in-the-game honors, it's Correa.
(Keuchel is #4, Springer is #7, and Ken Giles is #9).
*The Astros have sold 2000 more season tickets than last year.
*Sig Mejdal, former Director of Decision Sciences, is now Special Assistant to the GM, Process Improvement.
*Mark Appel is looking forward to starting over with the Phillies.
I think the expectation of being a first-overall pick was very high. If I'm being honest, I don't think I've reached that expectation. That's on me. Being here in Philadelphia, it's a new chapter.
*Grant Brisbee writes about the possibility of a universal DH, and relates the Astros' switch to the AL as part of the explanation.
*Here is the Hardball Times with a guide on how to survive until Spring Training.