Talking with the Houston Chronicle on Saturday, basic supervisor Jeff Luhnow mentioned Houston might nonetheless commerce for a beginning pitcher or signal one in free company.
“As a result of there are such a lot of free brokers nonetheless on the market and since there are nonetheless lots of groups speaking commerce, there’s a respectable chance that one thing will occur, however I can not let you know what … nor can we completely must have it,” Luhnow mentioned.
McHugh possible as 3. Might nonetheless commerce for or signal a SP, Luhnow mentioned.
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The highest three spots within the Astros’ rotation are possible set with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Collin McHugh, however the closing two spots are up for grabs with Josh James, Framber Valdez and Brad Peacock all possible candidates to be Houston’s No. four and No. 5 starters. Lance McCullers Jr. is out for the season with Tommy John surgical procedure.
Houston reportedly was eager about signing free-agent right-hander Nathan Eovaldi this offseason, however he in the end went again to Boston.
The Astros additionally reportedly had curiosity in Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray close to the top of December, and he can be a chance in a commerce if Houston hasn’t been scared off by Arizona’s price ticket.
Based on MLB.com, it is also not out of the realm of chance Houston brings again 2015 Cy Younger award winner Dallas Keuchel who continues to be a free agent.
The Astros reportedly provided him a five-year, $90 million deal in 2016, however he turned that down.
Different free brokers who stay available on the market embrace Clay Buchholz, who’s a Texas native, Gio Gonzalez, James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson.