Astros rumors: Houston roster locked in?

Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Houston's roster is likely finalized until spring training kicks off late next month.

The Houston Astros have not been big players on the free-agent market this winter, and general manager Jeff Luhnow has indicated that the club is likely done making moves until spring training starts up, reports Brian McTaggert of MLB.com:

With the start of Spring Training [sic] less than six weeks away, general manager Jeff Luhnow says the Astros aren't likely to add any additional key players before the team hits Kissimmee, Fla., though he's always going to be on the hunt to improve the club...

Luhnow hasn't ruled out making any additions, but considering the 40-man roster is full and the team's two biggest offseason needs have been met by Pena and Veras, the Astros appear to be set.

The Astros have really made just two free-agent moves of note this winter. They signed veteran right-hander Jose Veras to a one-year, $2 million deal to be their new closer, and inked veteran slugger Carlos Pena on a one-year, $2.9 million deal to take on designated hitter duties in Houston's inaugural American League season.

Other than those two signings, Houston's only other transactions of note this offseason were trades. The club sent closer Wilton Lopez to the Rockies for two young right-handers -- Alex White and Alex Gillingham -- and acquiredright-hander John Ely from the Dodgers a few weeks ago. The Astros also added Philip Humber on a waiver claim, as well as adding right-hander Josh Fields and first baseman Nate Freiman in last month's Rule 5 Draft.

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