Astros Provide A Glimpse For Hoyer and Cubs

Astros Provide A Glimpse For Hoyer and Cubs

You want some inspiration for this painful Cubs rebuilding project?

Look out west. Check out some Houston Astros games would you? No, really. Very much like the Cubs, the Astros stripped things down to the studs over the last few seasons. They also lost big and drafted high by design.

Now, according to GM Jeff Lunhow, the Astros have entered phase 2. Phase 2 included signing free agent pitcher Scott Feldman and some bullpen arms, along with trading for veteran outfielder Dexter Fowler.

The Astros raised some eyebrows, as some weren't sure what a seller dwelling team was doing making those acquisitions, including myself. However, Lunhow knew he would be bringing up young talent like George Springer this spring and wanted to start sprinkling in some veterans around them.

Since our post yesterday morning regarding the Cubs intention to spend this off-season, GM Jed Hoyer pretty much confirmed they would be doing so when speaking to David Kaplan yesterday morning.

"I think that's probably likely. I think that's a strong possibility," Hoyer said.

The Astros comparison was not lost on Hoyer.

"I guess I look at the Astros as a model against us. Their prospects they called up were sort of a year ahead of us in that regard. I definitely look forward to next year and the year after when we're going to have a lot of young talent on the field," he said.

It's kinda crazy for me to admit that I'm excited about that comparison. Yet, the Astros rebuilding project seems to be coming on strong here of late. Houston has won 13 of its last 17 games and is 19-11 since May 11, with a run differential of 133-107.

The Astros are becoming a fun watch with call ups like Springer and Jonathan Singleton now on your television.

So next year about this time you could see Kris Bryant, Javy Baez, and maybe a Fowler-type and a free agent arm helping the Cubs make their own push and turning the corner.

For now, maybe check out the Astros exciting developments and live vicariously a little.


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  • Good comp, trick is finding that veteran help in the field. I think Bryant can contribute but you'll need to find a good vet bat or two.

  • Still in last place, but two games ahead of the Cubs. Rest of the AL West seems to have chewed them up, though, and they face the tough race among LAA, Oakland, and Seattle..

    The other question may be whether their new owner is as financially strung out as the Cubs new owner is.

  • Great article but there is one big difference between the Cubs and Astros. The Cubs will have more money at this stage in their rebuild.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    Thanks buddy, and yes let's hope so.

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    Great read Tom and I am totally in agreement with the time line being in sync with Houston. The major differences I have noticed is that we had 2 or 3 could be good guys to have in our core where Houston had maybe one (Altive and I am still not sold on him). Could you imagine what this would have looked like if we had to find Castro, Rizzo and Shark instead of just letting them mature?

  • In reply to Richard Hood:

    Thanks and that would be tough. Though they will still deal Shark, he will turn into more pieces.

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    I sure hope you are wrong. I see Shark as a staff leader wherever he plays and for a long time. He seems bulletproof. We have loasds of prospects in the system, but winning is always about pitchi9ng.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    I have said it recently I would like to keep him, but it's just not likely.

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