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With the 2020 baseball season cancelled, there was so much PR and damage control to make up. The offseason of 2019-2020 saw the downfall of the cheating scandal, letting into this pandemic virus. With the past behind, we are going to dive in the reemergence of the team that tarnished themselves, their legacy and to get back on top. Jim Crane was removed as owner of the Astros due to his amazingly poor handle of everything in that organization.

New owner, will take a step back into restoring the faith and good name to this franchise, including so many in the front office. He wants to surround himself by good people, not just good at what they do in the game.

While, looking at the players, it's going to look quite different based on the legal issues of contracts. However, a few players who may or may not have had key roles in that 2017 scandal will continue to push to helping out the communities around baseball. The players union would never allow the new owner to just release his whole roster but slowly and surely, he could put some shine back into his organization.

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2020 Off-season Outlook:

Not offered contracts; George Springer, Michael Brantley, Josh Reddick, Brad Peacock. "We as an organization cannot thank these players enough for their accomplishments for this team. They all came in and did their jobs tremendously and we wish them the best of luck in their future."

Released to pursue other opportunities: Justin Verlander, Zach Grienke, Yuli Gurriel have all parted ways with the Astros. "The age of these players and being off for a whole season did not fix into the mix. All were contemplating retirement and we felt as if it was best to part ways."

Placed on waivers: Francis Martes, Joe Biagini. "We wish both of these players the best in their future."

Arbitration offered to: Lance McCullers Jr. and Carlos Correa. "Both of these players are and have been continuing to make amends to their involvement in the scandal. While we feel at this time, they are both under contract, it would make sense to offer them arbitration at this time. We are honestly unsure if we are seeking a long-term investment to either player. Both players are aware and understand our thought process."

Arbitration not offered to: Roberto Osuna, Aledmys Diaz, and Chris Devenski. "We wish the best of these players in their future."


Round 1: Free Agent contract offers to: Arodys Vizcaino: *Signed, 1 year deal for 2.5M*
Round 2: Free Agent contract offers to: Robbie Ray, Mark Melancon, Joc Pederson, Jeff Samardzija - All signed to one year deals
Round 3: Free Agent offers to: Steven Brault and Jon Duplantier- Duplantier signed but Brault did not.
Round 4: Free Agent offers to: Eric Hosmer, Ian Happ, Lucius Fox - All signed.


Notable FA Signings around the league:

James Paxton to the Dodgers 4 years, 62M | Mookie Beets to the White Sox, 9 years, 279M | Anthony Rizzo to the Giants, 6 years, 134M | Wilson Ramos to the Yankees, 4 years, 96M | Liam Hendricks to the Nationals, 4 years, 34M
Sean Doolittle to the Rockies, 3 years, 24M | DJ Leamaheiu to the White Sox, 5 years, 140M | Corey Kluber to the Cubs, 4 years, 90M | Andrelton Simmons to the Rangers, 5 years, 70M | Alex Wood to the Rockies, 4 year, 36M
Chris Archer to the Braves, 1 year, 5.5M | George Springer to the Blue Jays, 5 years, 68M | Michael Brantely to the Brewers, 3 years, 32M | Carlos Santana to the Braves, 2 years, 13M | Mike Minor to the White Sox, 1 year, 9M
Enrique Hernandez to the Cubs, 4 years, 35M | Billy Hamilton to the Nationals, 3 years, 14M | Justin Turner to the Marlins, 1 year, 11M


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2021: Spring Training Outlook *Position battles*

Pitchers: Lance McCullers Jr., Josh James, Jose Urquidy, Robbie Ray, Framber Valdez, Jon Duplantier, Jeff Samardzija, Rogelio Armenteros, Forrest Whitley, Bryan Abreu, Cionel Perez, Cristian Javier, Brandon Bielak

Relief Only: Ryan Pressly, Austin Pruitt, Joe Smith, Ken Emanuel, Mark Melancon, Arodys Vizcaino

Catchers: Garrett Stubbs, Martin Maldonado, Dustin Garneau

1st base: Yordan Alvarez, Eric Hosmer, Taylor Jones

2nd base: Jose Altuve, Alex De Goti

3rd base: Alex Bregman, Abraham Toro, Nick Tanielu

Short-stop: Carlos Correa, Jack Mayfield, Lucius Fox

Outfield: Joc Pederson, Chas McCormick, Myles Straw, Ian Happ, Drew Ferguson, Kyle Tucker

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"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."

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