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The 2017 World Series Champions were unable to repeat in 2018, but the Houston Astros still have the roster to compete for another title in 2019.
However, the two-time defending AL West champs lost one of their most important rotation pieces in Charlie Morton, and there's a real chance they lose Dallas Keuchel as well. This means they're going to need to find a viable replacement either via the free agent market or a trade.
If signing an established veteran pitcher is the route the Astros go to fill the void left by Morton signing with Tampa, here are three options in free agency.
1. Matt Harvey
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Matt Harvey isn't what he once was at his peak with the New York Mets, but he managed to be a serviceable starter with the Cincinnati Reds. Harvey had a 4.50 ERA in 24 starts for Cincinnati, a huge improvement from his 6.70 ERA with the Mets the year before. Harvey could slide into the back of the Astros rotation with the hope that he can recapture his former glory at just 30 years old.
2. Trevor Cahill
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Trevor Cahill had a really good season in Oakland last season, posting a 7-4 record and a 3.76 ERA in 20 starts as the team's de-facto ace. Cahill faced Houston four times last season, so they've seen enough of him to know exactly what kind of asset he could be in their rotation. Cahill was an absolute bargain on his 1-year, $1.5-million contract with the A's, so expect the righty to nab a more lucrative, multi-year deal this time around.
3. Gio Gonzalez
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Gio Gonzalez finished last season with a 10-11 record and a 4.21 ERA, but he was absolutely lights out for the Milwaukee Brewers down the stretch. The two-time All-Star posted a 2.13 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and struck out 22 in 25 1/3 innings with the Brew Crew. Gonzalez would be a quality replacement for Morton, especially with his numbers at Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros -- 3.60 ERA, 16 strikeouts and zero home runs allowed in 15 innings.
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