The official website of Major League Baseball reported today that Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and his front office are not satisfied with their 2017 Fall Classic title. Crain told on Monday that the club is “actively pursuing a high-end starter,” possibly on the free-agent market, but also through a trade. Odds to Win 2018 World Series: Astros pursuing pitching.

Major League Baseball’s official portal reported “Attending a news conference at Houston City Hall to formally announce the Astros’ World Series Championship Trophy Tour; Crane said the club would be willing to dip into its talent-rich farm system to acquire a front-line starter and fortify a World Series rotation that starred Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers Jr. and Dallas Keuchel.”

It has also been rumored, according to Alyson Footer of that the “Astros have asked the Pirates about Gerrit Cole.  A source told’s Jon Paul Morosi, joining the Yankees in pursuit of Pittsburgh’s 2017 Opening Day starter with serious offers were the Astros. In addition neither club has confirmed the negotiations, which were first reported by Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan. Passan mentioned outfielder Derek Fisher as a possible return and suggested one of two prized prospects. The minor leagues that could be offered were Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley. Either player would need to be included as the centerpiece of the deal.”

Furthermore Tampa Bay Rays’ right-hander Chris Archer has also been rumored to be available. However, Archer is a a right-hander with fly ball tendencies who isn’t a great fit for Minute Maid Park.

Especially relevant in Footer’s Hot Stove piece she also stated that the “Astros have also been reported to have inquired about free-agent righty Yu Darvish. The current Dodgers’ right-hander is one of two starters expected to command high dollars. But who was still unsigned at the time of the report. Right-hander Jake Arrieta, whom Houston has also inquired about, is the other big-name free agent still looking for a team.”

Other 2018 Free Agent Notes:

  • The Texas Rangers are showing an interest in starting pitcher Alex Cobb.
  • Kansas City made a smart offer to first baseman Eric Hosmer.


And at the close of the 2017 World Series rumors were flying around cyberspace for the following players:

  • Yu Darvish (predicted to re-sign with Dodgers)
  • J.D. Martinez (predicted to sign with Giants)
  • Jake Arrieta (predicted to sign with Angels)
  • Eric Hosmer (predicted to  re-sign with Royals)
  • Mike Moustakas (predicted to sign with Cardinals)
  • Jay Bruce (predicted to sign with Rangers)
  • Wade Davis (predicted to sign with Rockies)
  • Lorenzo Cain (predicted to sign with Red Sox)
  • Lance Lynn (predicted to sign with Rangers)


A number of completed 2018 offseason signings are as follows:

  • Matt Adams/1B/Nationals
  • Yonder Alonso/1B/Indians
  • Scott Barlow/SP/Royals
  • Tony Barnette/RP/Rangers
  • Ryan Carpenter/SP/Tigers
  • Welington Castillo/C/White Sox
  • Jhoulys Chacin/SP/Brewers
  • Tyler Chatwood/SP/Cubs
  • Steve Cishek/RP/Cubs
  • Zack Cozart/SS/Angels
  • Zach Duke/RP/Twins
  • Michael Fiers/SP/Tigers
  • Doug Fister/SP/Rangers
  • Yovani Gallardo/SP/Brewers
  • Luke Gregerson/RP/Cardinals
  • Jared Hughes/RP/Reds
  • Nick Hundley/C/Giants
  • Tommy Hunter/RP/Phillies
  • Chris Iannetta/C/Rockies
  • Tom Koehler/P/Dodgers
  • Boone Logan/RP/Brewers
  • Jake McGee/RP/Rockies
  • Miles Mikolas/SP/Cardinals
  • Mike Minor/P/Rangers
  • Mitch Moreland/1B/Red Sox
  • Brandon Morrow/RP/Cubs
  • Pat Neshek/RP/Phillies
  • Juan Nicasio/RP/Mariners
  • Wily Peralta/SP/Royals
  • Yusmeiro Petit/RP/Athletics
  • Michael Pineda/SP/Twins
  • Fernando Rodney/RP/Twins
  • Hector Rondon/RP/Astros
  • Carlos Santana/1B/Phillies
  • Bryan Shaw/RP/Rockies
  • Joe Smith/RP/Astros
  • Drew Smyly/SP/Cubs
  • Justin Upton/LF/Angels


The American League Championship futures have three teams, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and the Astros all sitting at 3-to-1 to win the AL Pennant at the World’s Largest Race and Sportsbook, Westgate:

Odds to Win 2018 World Series: Astros pursuing pitching

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