Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure situation on his hands at the outset of free agency.
The team's new de-facto decision maker following James Click's departure now faces the challenge of maintaining a championship roster, and while the Astros will likely remain the American League favorite entering 2023, this is not a group without its question marks. Unanimous Cy Young winner and future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander could depart if Crane is outbid by Steve Cohen in Queens or Hal Steinbrenner in the Bronx. The Astros are looking for a new first baseman unless they opt for a Yuli Gurriel reunion. And while Chas McCormick shined in the World Series, a centerfield upgrade could be in order.