Astros Would Be Wise To Pursue Cy Young Winner In Free Agency

The Houston Astros are determined to bolster their team in the upcoming season to challenge the reigning champions, the Texas Rangers, for the American League West title.

A major concern for the Astros is their starting pitching, which heavily relied on relatively inexperienced pitchers like Jose Urquidy, J.P. France, and Hunter Brown during pivotal moments in the 2023 MLB season.

Inconsistencies in performance, particularly from Cristian Javier, raised questions about the stability of their rotation throughout the season.

The Astros also faced injury issues with Lance McCullers Jr. and Luis Garcia, who underwent Tommy John surgery.

Their pitching weaknesses were evident in Game 6 of the ALCS, emphasizing the need to strengthen the rotation during the offseason.

The Astros are considering adding Cy Young winner Blake Snell to their roster, which could be a promising start for General Manager Dana Brown's first full offseason and free agency period.

Snell played for the San Diego Padres in 2023 and had an outstanding season with a 14-9 record, a 2.25 ERA, and a 1.235 WHIP.

However, there are concerns about Snell's injury history and a relatively high walk rate of 5.0 BB/9, as he has pitched 180-plus innings for only the second season.

Despite these concerns, Snell is a talented pitcher and is expected to win the 2023 NL Cy Young Award.

While Snell's potential contract may be costly, around $115 million for five years, his experience and skills could be a valuable addition for the Astros, who face uncertainties about their team's future and the need to address their pitching rotation this offseason.

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