Repairing the Astros: 2 steps after 2023 playoff failure

The Astros had a challenging start but nearly reached their fifth World Series in seven years.

Despite Dusty Baker's retirement, the Astros aim to stay competitive in the 2024 season.

Yainer Diaz is poised to replace Martin Maldonado as the starting catcher for defensive and offensive improvements.

Maldonado's offensive struggles and subpar pitch framing contributed to the decision to transition to Diaz.

Diaz exhibited strong defensive skills, throwing out 30% of base-stealers and excelling in blocking pitches.

Diaz's offensive performance in 2023, with an expected slugging percentage of .546 and an OPS of .846, positions him as a key player for the upcoming season.

Injuries and underperformance in the starting rotation affected the Astros' 2023 season.

Questions surround the return to form for Garcia and McCullers, along with the bounce-back potential for Javier and Urquidy.

With uncertainties in the rotation, signing Michael Wacha as a mid-level starting pitcher is crucial for stability.

Wacha's 3.22 ERA in 2023 and his effective fastball/changeup combo make him a suitable addition to solidify the Astros' starting rotation in 2024.

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