Originally Posted by TRF
Lohse, Oswalt and Bourne. 1 year for Oswalt, Lohse 4 and Bourne 4.
That'd up the payroll to about 48 mil. It'd solidify two rotaion spots for a year, allowing the farm to mature and gives the Astros a legit CF and leadoff hitter.
Carter will make a good DH. give him 400+ AB's he'll hit 30+ HR's in that bandbox.
It wouldn't make them contenders. It will bridge the gap to when their farm is ready to produce major league talent.
But here's the problem. Both Oswalt and Bourn want nothing to do with the Astros. They kinda burnt bridges there...whether it was management's end or their end, not sure. But I don't think EITHER guy wants to come back. (at least that's the way it's portrayed around the media here) Loshe...personally I don't see him repeating last year, but even if he did, it's not going to turn that team into a respectable club. If you look at what they have right now, they've got some solid young up-side players who'll be on the big club this year. The holes they've got (and there are a bunch) I can't see them filling them via FA. And I can't see them wanting to fill them by trading off the young solid prospects they've gathered.
They've got a few guys who could fill out that rotation. They signed Erik Bedard to a ML deal. They picked up Phillip Humber too. Along with Norris, Lyles and Harrell...it's not atrocious if things go their way. Jarred Cosart will probably be up this season and he looks solid. Brad Peacock could make the jump too. Oberholtzer looks pretty good from what I've seen as well.
Dominguez, Altuve & Wallace could be moderately productive. Castro's still got solid upside at C if he can stay healthy.
The biggest hole is the outfield. Maxwell and the 2 Martinez's are 3 black holes IMO. They signed Rick Ankiel...they could hope he turns it around I guess. Springer and Santana are their best OF prospects but neither are ready for the bigs (especially Santana). So if they were to go after any FA's, the OF is the spot that needs to be addressed the most.