MLB insiders projecting seismic Houston Astros roster shakeup

MLB insiders projecting seismic Houston Astros roster shakeup

In many aspects this has been a good week for the Astros as they hired their new manager Joe Espada, and it appears GM Dana Brown was firmly in charge of the process.

On the other hand, we’ve seen numerous reports about Alex Bregman’s future, or lack their of, in an Astros uniform. Bob Nightengale and our own John Granato are hearing that this will likely be Bregman’s last year with the club, and he will undoubtedly receive a contract offer that the Astros will be unwilling to match.

Granato has also reported Bregman is buying a house in Arizona, read into that what you will.

Manny Machado received an 11-year contract extension last season worth $350 million, which includes a no-trade clause with no op-outs. And if you compare Bregman’s career numbers to Machado’s, you could make a case Breggy deserves as much if not more.

Machado’s lifetime batting average: .279. On-base percentage: 339. Slugging:.490. OPS: .829.

Bregman’s lifetime batting average :. 274. On-base percentage: .373. Slugging: .487. OPS: .861.

We know the Astros don’t hand out deals with this many years on them, so we need to prepare for life after Bregman. Which brings us to Kyle Tucker. As it stands now, most believe Tucker will leave the following year, for the same reason as Bregman.

Justin Verlander is another player to keep an eye on. If he doesn’t reach 140 innings pitched in 2024, his deal for 2025 won’t vest, and he could be gone after the 2024 season.

On the bright side, it looks like the Astros will work to re-sign Jose Altuve, but to be fair, he’s not looking for an 10-year deal. Altuve will be 34 in May, and reportedly would like to play until he’s 40. The Astros may not want to go that many years, but a 4-year deal could make a lot of sense for both parties.

But based on everything that was outlined above, we can make the case that the 2024 season will be the last legitimate opportunity for the Astros to cement their dynasty with a third championship.

Plus, when preparing for life after Bregman and one year later Tucker, there’s one player in particular that could make us feel better as the team transitions in 2024 and 2025.

Jeremy Pena. If Pena can return to form and hit 20-25 home runs and bat around .250, we would feel a lot better about losing Bregman’s bat in the infield. He’s also a right-handed hitter like Bregman that could take advantage of the Crawford Boxes.

Be sure to watch the video above as we cover everything mentioned above and much more!

It’s no secret that Colin Cowherd has been very critical of Texans QB CJ Stroud, and the organization’s decision to draft him at No. 2 overall.

Cowherd believed the Texans should have waited until next year’s draft to take one of the top college QBs. He was of the opinion that Stroud didn’t have as much mobility as some other options set to come out in the 2024 NFL Draft.

He even went as far to say the Texans would end up with one of the worst records in the league and would end up drafting another QB the following year. Cowherd also didn’t realize the Texans traded their No. 1 pick to Arizona in the Will Anderson deal.

Stroud’s player comp pre-draft was Jared Goff with more mobility. Now all of a sudden, that sounds like player any team would want to lead their offense.

So why the change of heart all of a sudden? For Colin, it was the final drive against the Bengals that changed everything for him.

Looking ahead

Colin and his co-host John Middlekauff also discuss how Stroud’s success makes Bryce Young look like a bust, and how the draft and a ton of money in free agency can really bolster Houston’s roster in 2024.

With Stroud running the Texans offense, players are going to want to come to Houston.

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