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The Astros Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Mariners

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Houston Astros should steal pitcher Joe Smith away from the Seattle Mariners in free agency.
The Houston Astros should steal pitcher Joe Smith away from the Seattle Mariners in free agency. / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Astros are the cream of the crop in MLB, reaching the ALCS in five straight years including a trio of World Series appearances and one title. This roster is deep from top to bottom, but it has to deal with the potential loss of superstar shortstop Carlos Correa in free agency.

While the Astros continue to work on bringing Correa back, they'd also be wise to target Seattle Mariners veteran relief pitcher Joe Smith in free agency.

Astros Free Agency

Of course, this would be a reunion of sorts for Smith and the Astros. Houston dealt Smith midseason last year to grab Kendall Graveman in the bullpen.

The Astros sit with about $40 million in luxury cap space and they'd be fools not use almost the entirety of that on locking up Correa to a big extension. That should still leave enough room for a cheap, veteran relief pitching contract such as Smith's. And, it takes away from the M's in the now uber-competitive AL West.

Smith's previous stop in Houston worked out well. The Astros had no issues using the funky sidearm in a variety of high-leverage appearances, including 11 postseason appearances. All in all, Smith pitched to a 4.09 ERA in 92.1 innings pitched while with the Astros.

Houston has clear cut priorities for the rest of the offseason, but landing Smith could only sweeten their chances at commanding the AL West. Houston owns leading -155 odds to win the division on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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