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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Astros Roster Next Season

By michael obermuller
Three players who won't be on the Astros roster next season, including multiple Houston outfielders.
Three players who won't be on the Astros roster next season, including multiple Houston outfielders. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Houston Astros had the "us against the world" mentality in 2020 after the sign-stealing scandal, and it almost got them back to the World Series as they lost in game seven of the American League Championship Series.

Now this fallen dynasty will have decisions to make, as three of their top four outfielders (Michael Brantley, George Springer and Josh Reddick) will become free agents in 2021. Who will stay and who will go? Our thoughts on the three least likely players to remain on the Astros below.

3. Brad Peacock, RP/SP

Brad Peacock has spent almost his entire career with the Houston Astros, alternating between a starter and long-reliever during his tenure. Turning 33 in February, Peacock's time in Houston may finally be done. He is coming off one of his worst seasons, as a shoulder injury limited him to three forgettable outings, and it's unclear if he'll even be healthy for the start of 2021. The shoulder surgery is poor timing for the impending free agent, but he'll likely get an opportunity with someone who needs to gamble on an arm. The Astros have enough prospects to look elsewhere for depth.

2. George Springer, CF

Springer takes the two spot because there's little doubt that Houston actually wants him back, the question is whether or not they will be able to afford him. The New York Mets are the hot franchise on the free agency market for multiple players this year, being that their brand new (and quite wealthy) owner Steve Cohen was unaffected by COVID earnings in 2020. If the Mets bid for the Connecticut-native Springer, it's unlikely that the Astros will be able to contend for their homegrown star, unless of course he takes less money to return... but when does that ever happen?

1. Michael Brantley, LF

While Brantley is probably the least likely Astros outfielder to return, Reddick is the most likely. The reasoning is that Reddick will be the least coveted free agent of the three, and he seems to enjoy playing in Houston (even embracing the clubhouse at the forefront of their scandal). For Brantley, this whole sign-stealing debacle is more of a smudge on his otherwise pristine record, which was mostly carried out with the Cleveland Indians. The 33-year old left fielder is a perennial .300 hitter when healthy, and he should get plenty of offers as one of the top lefty bats on the market.

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