MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that the Astros are “going hard” to get one of the top free agent closers. They currently have David Robertson, Sergio Romo, and Andrew Miller (who could close) on their wish list.
The Astros finished with the worst bullpen ERA in baseball this past season at 4.80. Chad Qualls led the team in saves with 19 along with a 3.33 ERA and a 43/5 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings, but obviously, the Astros feel they could do even better.
The Astros improved 19 games from their 111-loss 2013 season, and they’ll look to make further progress next season in the next phase of their rebuilding process under GM Jeff Luhnow.