Astros Could Target Star Left-Hander in Free Agency

Astros Could Target Star Left-Hander in Free Agency

The Houston Astros could look to upgrade their starting pitcher rotation by pursuing a star left-handed pitcher who just entered free agency.

One of the main issues that popped up for the Houston Astros during the postseason was their pitching staff struggling during important moments.

Ace Framber Valdez was a shell of his former self, Justin Verlander looked like an aging veteran, they didn’t have a reliable third starter and the bullpen regressed from last year.

That’s a bad combo when trying to win a World Series title.

Still, the Astros had the eventual champion Texas Rangers on the ropes in the ALCS and still are capable of winning more trophies if they can address their needs.

Starting pitcher should be one of them and there’s a chance they target star left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to fit into their rotation.

On the surface, Houston seems like they’re set with Lance McCullers Jr. and Luis Garcia returning from injuries, but, it’s also unknown how they’ll look after an extended time away from baseball.

Rodriguez is an effective starting pitcher and is coming off one of his best seasons.

He had a 13-9 record with a career low ERA of 3.30 in 26 starts. He also gave up a career low batting average to opponent’s (.227) and a career low WHIP (1.15).

The star lefty opted-out of his contract with the Detroit Tigers that had three years and $49 million left on the deal.

At the trade deadline this year, the Tigers tried to move Rodriguez to the Los Angeles Dodgers before he exercised his no-trade clause. He cited family reasons and wanting to stay close to the east coast for those reasons.

That could make it difficult for the Astros to convince the starter to sign with them.

Before moving to Detroit, he spent six seasons with the Boston Red Sox and seems like he’s looking for an east coast team to join in free agency.

Still, Houston should do their due diligence and see if Rodriguez would be interested in signing with them to compete for championships.

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