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Sport Astros intend to add veteran starters to rotation

17:25  13 november  2019
17:25  13 november  2019 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

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Houston already had a rotation of Dallas Keuchel , Collin McHugh , Mike Fiers , Lance McCullers , and Scott Feldman , so Fister’s arrival is an interesting one. It could lead to a potential trade or may simply suggest that the team is worried about Feldman’s status following late-season shoulder problems.

— The Astros can find comfort atop their 2020 starting rotation . Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke are future Hall of Famers defying age to Instead of seeking more veteran help, Luhnow assumed a mixture of heralded prospects and fringe former starters could cover the fourth and fifth spots.

Even as the Astros fend off yet another controversy, they’re working to tweak an exceptionally talented roster. And GM Jeff Luhnow says that a key focus for the winter is to buttress a rotation that stands to lose key pieces to free agency, as Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle writes.

Jeff Luhnow wearing a suit and tie © John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

That’s not exactly surprising; it was obvious that something would need to be done with ace Gerrit Cole and sturdy veteran Wade Miley departing, to say nothing of Collin McHugh and (likely) Aaron Sanchez. Even with Lance McCullers Jr. slated to return — with Brad Peacock, Jose Urquidy and Josh James also options to join Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke — there’s a dearth of reliable innings on hand. But it was not entirely clear just how the ’Stros would go about filling in.

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At the moment, the Mets already have one of the best starting rotations in the entire league, but that doesn't mean they can't add more depth. Holland would provide another lefty arm in the rotation to even out the group. Right now, Steven Matz and Jason Vargas are the two lefties in the bunch.

Veteran starter Scott Feldman’s million, three-year contract probably precludes him from being seen as a key piece (like he was a year ago), and rival executives say the Astros seem reluctant to deal young starters Dallas Keuchel and Jarred Cosart, which should limit their deadline excitement.

Luhnow made clear that the organization would like to come away from the hot stove season with multiple veteran additions to the rotation mix. “I’d prefer to have two because more options is better,” he said, “but it’s going to come down to what we can actually get done and what our value proposition is.”

It doesn’t sound as if the Astros necessarily feel a need to add a pair of surefire starters. Luhnow spoke of a “need to build that list” of “eight or nine guys competing for five spots.” And he noted that some additions could be promised a starting spot, while others might be brought into compete for one.

As Rome highlights, there’s an interesting question here for Luhnow — or, perhaps, for owner Jim Crane. The team has expressed a desire not to move past the luxury tax line, but that doesn’t leave much free payroll to work with. And Luhnow again emphasized a desire to avoid tying up too much future spending capacity, saying: “In general, the more flexibility we give ourselves in the future, the better off we’re going to be as an organization.”

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The Padres and Indians remain engaged in “continued discussions” regarding Cleveland’s group of high-quality, veteran starters , according to a report The San Diego rotation is not without promise, particularly in the long run. Trouble is, it’s more or less completely lacking in established MLB rotation

Regarding the veteran Hardy, Duquette said that the sides were " starting to work on" a new deal and hoped to put Though Duquette expressed confidence that the O's would indeed add a veteran arm, he noted that four or five Astros To Activate Carlos Correa, Designate Tony Kemp For Assignment.

There are numerous directions the Astros could take here. It’ll obviously depend upon the opportunities available — the “value proposition,” as Luhnow frames it — along with the team’s willingness to spend and decisions on investing in other areas of need. Landing the next Miley or Charlie Morton would surely be ideal, though that requires both the identification of an undervalued asset and the ability to reach agreement before another team swoops in. There are quite a few notable hurlers entering free agency this winter. It’ll be fascinating to see how the ’Stros end up engaging the rotation market.

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