Jose Altuve signed a long-term contract with the Astros (four-year deal through 2017 with club options in 2018 and 2019), which marks the first big signing under the ownership group as the franchise continues its rebuilding process.
The Astros have 12 players ranked in the latest Top 200 prospects list, including five players in the top 40. Derek thinks they have the young talent base to make a quick leap (~2015) to become contenders in the AL West, which is shaping up to be one of the best divisions in baseball. Also, Altuve's new contract gives the team's young prospects a path to long-term security in the form of a pre-free agent contract.
Both of the Upton brothers were out of the lineup Saturday, and B.J. Upton's injury is an adductor strain that could keep him out even after the All-Star break. He's hitting .177 right now with eight homers and seven steals through 84 games, and has to be considered one of the biggest free agent and fantasy busts in...