"We've made our final roster cuts for the starting season. Based on performance in the spring and all factors, we have sent Valdez, Armenteros, Whitley, Abreu, Javier, Bielak, and Emanuel to triple A to start the year. It was a tough battle for some but others need to continue to work. It will be interesting throughout the year based on the contracts and performance."
"The difficult positions were our position players and utility spots. We have decided to keep all three catchers because Garrett can play multiple positions. His ability would be best to bounce players around with breaks in between but he will catch for us as well."
"Alvarez and Hosmer are going to split time between first and DH throughout the year. We were excited to bring Eric to our team with his veteran leadership."
"Altuve and Correa will be our punch up the middle. Both have continued to make amends around the city of Houston, and also in their native lands. But, after new ownership took over, both players have been designated to do charitable events in Los Angeles and New York, among other areas. Jack Mayfield will be our man off the bench up the middle."
"Bregman will start at 3rd for us and he too has been given the same charitable event requirement as Altuve and Correa. Toro will be our backup and just barely beat out Tanielu."
"Outfield is going to be interchangeable with positions and having Pederson, Straw, Happ, Tucker all in the mix and taking spot turns. As of the start of the year, Happ is out 4th outfielder. But, Straw will also spell in the infield for us, as would Pederson and Tucker at first base if needed. Toro and Stubbs may see some time in the corner spots too."