Astros turn attention to bullpen
The Astros’ focus now is on the bullpen.
General manager Jeff Luhnow said Friday the team has some offers on the table for some relief pitchers. He said he would like sign as many as two veteran relievers to join a bullpen that was the youngest in the Majors last year.
“We’ve got some offers out there we’re waiting on,” he said. “Whether or not things happen this weekend or next week or after that, I’m not sure. We feel pretty good we’re going to get at least one or two of the guys we’re targeting.”
The Astros struggled to close out games after trading reliever Jose Veras in July. Houston went with a young bullpen and finished with a 4.90 ERA that was the worst in baseball and blew a league-high 29 saves. Veras has talked to the Astros about returning.
Luhnow also hasn’t ruled out adding another bat or even another starting pitcher.
“If we have an opportunity to bring in yet another starter, we wouldn’t hesitate to do it,” he said. “Right now, our primary focus is shifting to the bullpen.”