After years of being a laughing stock in the NL Central and then the AL West, the Houston Astros are showing a penchant for adding players this offseason.
The latest addition by the Astros is infielder Jed Lowrie who signed a three-year deal worth $23 million guaranteed. The deal includes a fourth year option.
With Lowrie now off the market the best options for shortstop needy teams are Asdrubal Cabrera and Jung-Ho Kang from Korea who is set to be posted.
Lowrie previously played for the Astros but was traded to the Athletics prior to the 2013 season for Chris Carter, pitcher Brad Peacock and catcher Max Strassi.
With the teams youth improving and the additions of Lowie and relievers Pat Neshek and Luke Gregerson the Astros suddenly are capable of being watched.