The Houston Astros reached the post-season in 2015, with a regular season record of 86-76. Many experts thought the team would only improve on the success from the 2015 regular season, after knocking out an extremely experienced Yankees team in the Wild Card game. However, at seasons end of 2016 the young Astros fail just a couple games short of making another appearance in October.
Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera and free agent Edwin Encarnacion, both seem to be sought after players from the Astros general manaer Jeff Luhnhow.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 9, 2016
With the salary increase Edwin Encarnacion seems to be the less risky investment, as Miguel Cabrera will be a hefty price tag and will require a stockpile of young controllable players from the Astros.
Cabrera, hit .316/.393/.563 and racked up 38 home-runs over the duration of the 2016 season and would be a huge upgrade over Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez. Encarnacion, might be the more realistic fit for the Astros as they keep there young stock pile of talent and bring in the much needed power bat. He slashed .263/.357/.529 with 42 home-runs.
While Miguel Cabrera would be the better fit, at this point it is un-known if the team will give up the assets it takes for Cabrera. Look for the team to make a big splash this off-season at some point, wheter it be on Cabrera, Encarnacion or someone else.