Astros should focus on rebuilding, not contending
Originally Published: November 9, 2007By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com
How time flies.
GM: Ed Wade
Manager: Cecil Cooper
'07 record: 73-89, 4th NL Central
'07 payroll: $87.8M, 15th MLB
Runs scored: 723, 13th NL
Runs allowed: 813, 11th NL
OPS: .742, 11th NL
ERA: 4.68, 12th NL
Fielding percentage: .983, T-8th NL
Primary needsTwo starting pitchers: The Astros are painfully thin behind Roy Oswalt. Their starters were 10th in the National League in staff ERA and would have been worse had Oswalt not delivered his usual quality work.
Free agentsRHP Jason Jennings, 2B Mark Loretta, 1B Mike Lamb, OF Orlando Palmeiro, LHP Trever Miller and RHP Brian Moehler. In the picture: The Astros are likely to aggressively pursue the second tier of free-agent starters, which includes Josh Fogg, Odalis Perez, Steve Trachsel, Matt Clement and Kyle Lohse.