What an AL West Upgrade Means for Houston

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The Free Agency frenzy has started, and with their competitors in the west making a big splash, what does it mean for the Astros?

1. Whats happened so far?

As of right now, the teams in the AL West have made the following moves,

Astros: Resigned Justin Verlander, signed Hector Neris

Angels: Signed Noah Syndergaard, signed Aaron Loup, signed Micheal Lorenzen

Athletics: No moves made so far

Mariners: Acquired Adam Frazier from the Pirates, Signed Robbie Ray

Rangers: Signed Marcus Semien, Signed Kole Calhoun, Signed Jon Gray, Signed Corey Seager

This is just the start of the free agency frenzy, there is still lots of time for teams to make more moves.

2. How do these moves affect the AL West?

The AL West will be fun to watch now with all these star players joining. It’s almost surprising that the two teams in the bottom of the standings last year, the Angels and Rangers, are the ones doing most of the spending.

The Astros and Mariners thus far have signed players that they needed. The Mariners needed a third baseman after the departure of Kyle Seager, as well as more starting pitching, and they did just that by acquiring Adam Frazier and Robbie Ray. Frazier is a very talented infielder, and Ray is coming off a CY Young award and will look to continue his dominance.

The Astros main concern is pitching and shortstop, they resigned Justin Verlander as well as signed reliever Hector Neris, which adds some much-needed depth to the pitching staff.

To win the AL West, you must have great pitching, considering the powerful offenses that reside in the west like Houston, Los Angeles, and now the Rangers.

My favorite to win the AL West in 2022 stills remains the same, the Houston Astros.

3. How do these moves affect Houston?

If you’re the Astros, you don’t need to panic, but you shouldn’t be content. Your rivals are getting stronger and have more of a chance to dethrone you as division champs, however, there is still plenty of time to make a splash of your own this winter.

Carlos Correa stills remains a free agent which means the Astros still have a chance to sign him, which they should. They did well last season without George Springer, but they might sputter without Correa. Sure they still have Altuve, Bregman, and the rest of that star-studded lineup, but it’s Correa’s defense that they’ll certainly miss.

The Astros have every right to be picky this offseason, they don’t necessarily need much this offseason, but they’re just a few moves away from locking down another AL West title.

4. Final Thoughts

As stated earlier, the AL West will be fun to watch this season. The Astros will have some tough competition if all goes well for the rest of the west. I still think the Astros will make some big moves this offseason, but only time will tell.

As always you can find me on Twitter @KeganCrawford

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