The Yankees’ future appears to be like shiny, however the crew that stopped them from attending to the World Series after which gained all of it on Wednesday, the Astros, is ready up fairly nicely and figures to be an impediment for the subsequent few seasons, a minimum of.
No crew has repeated for the reason that Yankees gained three straight from 1998-2000, however the Astros appear particularly well-built for the long run — and it begins with the infield.
As the Yankees hope Greg Bird can construct on what he’s proven when wholesome and that Gleyber Torres can fulfill his potential, the Astros have already got 4 standout infielders in first baseman Yuli Gurriel, second baseman Jose Altuve, third baseman Alex Bregman and shortstop Carlos Correa.
Gurriel is signed by way of 2020 and Altuve — who might beat out Aaron Judge to win AL MVP this season — has inexpensive crew choices every of the subsequent two seasons.
So not solely do the Astros have their infield set for the subsequent few seasons, they gained’t should lay our a fortune on them, both.
In the outfield, World Series MVP George Springer gained’t be a free agent till 2021 and Marwin Gonzalez is ready to return.
Josh Reddick, who had a principally depressing postseason, was nonetheless one of many Astros’ most dependable offensive gamers throughout the common season and is signed by way of 2020.
Brian McCann and Evan Gattis additionally shall be again, with the Yankees nonetheless paying a portion of McCann’s wage subsequent season.
As for the pitching workers, the rotation appears to be like robust with Justin Verlander below contract for 2 extra seasons — albeit costly ones — and Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton each signed by way of subsequent 12 months.
Brad Peabad gained’t be a free agent till 2021 and Lance McCullers Jr. 2022.
That leaves the bullpen, which clearly wants some work.
Will Harris, Ken Giles and Chris Devenski are all below crew management for a minimum of one other three years.
Each struggled within the postseason — none extra so than Giles, who misplaced his nearer’s spot after which turned a non-factor within the World Series.
But the Astros have proven a willingness to make daring strikes, like buying McCann from the Yankees final 12 months in alternate for 2 prospects, and can little question deal with the aid corps this offseason.
Their solely key free brokers, Carlos Beltran, Cameron Maybin, Luke Gregerson and Francisco Liriano, are all replaceable.