“The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley.”
Besides, isn't the plan "we have a lot of young talent that we are HOPEFUL will come through and allow us to compete for a WC spot at some point in the next 2-3 years, Mike." At best, a one-game shot at the playoffs will be a selling point?
Houston will be tough for at least that long. They have three tier 1 prospects (Tucker, Whitley, Alvarez), not to mention Valdez and James who have already made it to the bigs, and were only tier 2 and 3 prospects. We have one tier 1 prospect, Adell, who hasnt hit in AAA yet.
Then, there's that infield of Bregman, Correa and Altuve who will be together through 2021, at least. Correa is a FA in '22, Bregman in '23 and Altuve in '25. Alvarez takes over first from Guriel who DHs, I guess, till he is a FA in 2023, Tucker replaces Reddick or Springer. This assumes that Bregman and Correa dont get extended the way Altuve did.
Talk about keepin' the line movin'...............