The Houston Astros have made the MLB playoffs in each of the last four seasons and remain amongst the top American League competitors. They look to bounce back in 2021 after falling in the ALCS last season, but still have a lot of important moves to make before Opening Day.
There are depth concerns needed to be addressed on the roster as well as some coaching decisions needed to be sorted out. With that being said, here are three moves the Astros should make before the 2021 MLB season starts.
1. Add Outfield Depth
The one position that lacks almost any depth on the Astros roster is in the outfield. Michael Brantley is back and Kyle Tucker has emerged as a solid young player, but the center field spot is wide open. The expected starter is Myles Straw, who is known mostly for his speed and ability to put the bat on the ball. The other options include Chase McCormick and veteran player Steven Souza. The Astros should take a look at re-signing Josh Reddick (208 RBI in last four seasons in Houston) or taking a chance on Yasiel Puig (24 HR in 2019). A move like this would create depth without costing too much money.
2. Sign Maikel Franco
Another area lacking experience is third base. Yes, Alex Bregman is one of the best players in the MLB and will be the starter for years to come. However, his backup is currently Abraham Toro. Toro is still a bit of an unknown in the league slashing just .182/.269/.327 in 58 games across two seasons with the team. Bringing in Maikel Franco would give the team some pop off the bench and a solid fill in on Bregman's given off days. Franco hit 8 home runs in 60 games last season and has posted an OBP over .300 twice in the last three seasons.
3. Name Ryan Pressly the Closer
There is some speculation on who the Astros will name as the team's closer for the upcoming season. New signings Pedro Baez and Steve Cishek have experience in the role before, but Ryan Pressly proved last season that he can be an elite closer in the MLB. Pressly saved 12 of 16 chances in 2020 and was a perfect four for four in the playoffs. He only improved as the year went on, posting a 2.08 ERA from August 15 to the end of the season. He can be trusted to lock down the ninth inning for Houston and should be in that role on Opening Day.
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