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The Houston Astros are actively seeking to improve their pitching staff, especially in the bullpen. While manager Dana Brown stated that the bullpen is currently solid, he expressed a willingness to add another pitcher to strengthen the relief squad. Brown emphasizes the importance of having reliable pitching options, given the likelihood of injuries throughout the season. The Astros have a formidable rotation consisting of Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez, and Cristian Javier, with Luis García potentially returning in the second half. In the meantime, Hunter Brown, José Urquidy, or Brandon Bielak may fill the remaining spots at the back end of the rotation.
"We may be able to use one more there. But the pitching, if we get a starter, we could put one of the starters in the 'pen. That would solve that problem. But I'm always in the market of saying 'Hey, where can we find pitching?..."
Although the Astros made a notable addition to their bullpen by signing Josh Hader, there is still room for improvement. The trio of Hader, Ryan Pressly, and Bryan Abreu provides a formidable force for closing games, but the bullpen lacks depth beyond that. Rafael Montero had a challenging season in 2023, and the remaining pitchers on the roster lack significant experience. Therefore, the Astros would benefit from adding more pitchers to enhance their bullpen.
Adding to that group would be sensible.