The Astros have already added an important bat to their lineup, signing Cuban José Abreu early in the offseason. However, the club remains in search of help for its meadows. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that Houston continues to show interest in Michael Brantley and Michael Conforto. In addition, they are also considering Jurickson Profar.
Brantley, a five-time All-Star, spent four seasons with the Astros. Last year, he hit .288 with a 125 OPS+ in 64 games before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.
Conforto also comes from surgery on his right shoulder in 2022, the year in which he did not see action. He had a disappointing 2021 season with the Mets, hitting just 14 home runs with a 100 OPS+. However, between 2018 and 2021, his OPS+ was 134.
Profar opted out of the final year of his contract with the Padres last month after hitting .243 with 15 home runs and a 111 OPS+ last year.
As for the trade market, the Astros have been in talks with the D-backs about Daulton Varsho, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Varsho is one of three young outfielders who have Arizona who has been linked to various teams, including the Yankees, Blue Jays, Reds, Blue Jays and others.
However, Nightengale notes that the price for Varsho “remains high.” MLB Network’s Joel Sherman mentioned Monday in the New York Post (subscription required) that the Yankees have an interest in Varsho.