Hot Stove: Astros staying aggressive, reportedly made run at Yoenis Cespedes

With the New York Mets bringing back Yoenis Cespedes on a reported four-year, $110 million deal, there is certain to be a ripple effect across baseball. After all, it is rather obvious that more than just the Mets were interested in the services of the All-Star slugger. One of those teams appears to be the Houston Astros :

This falls in line with what we've seen so far this offseason from Houston. On the heels of coming so close to the ALCS in 2015, the Astros had a quiet offseason last time around and then missed the playoffs. Perhaps as a result, they've already traded for catcher Brian McCann and signed outfielder Josh Reddick this offseason.

Sure, losing out on Cespedes has to hurt, but it also shows that general manager Jeff Luhnow's front office isn't content to sit still even after those aforementioned moves.

Regarding Rosenthal's suggestion of Edwin Encarnacion , let's just take a quick gander at how the lineup then might shake out:

1. George Springer , CF
2. Jose Altuve , 2B
3. Carlos Correa , SS
4. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
5. Brian McCann, C
6. Evan Gattis , DH
7. Josh Reddick, RF
8. Alex Bregman , 3B
9. Yulieski Gurriel , LF

Sure, there are potential pratfalls there, but the upside -- notably if Bregman and Gurriel scratch the surface of their immense upside -- is one of the most potent lineups in baseball.

This doesn't mean the Astros have to zero in on Encarnacion. There are other slugging corner outfield/first base/DH types out there available either via trade or free agency. Mark Trumbo , Jose Bautista , Carlos Beltran would be the bigger-name DH options. We've already seen them connected to Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers in trade rumors, too, even though they essentially shot that one down. The point remains, rumors of a big bat going to Houston have had a lot of smoke on this Hot Stove.

Basically, even though Houston missed on Cespedes, the above report should serve as great news to the Astros fans.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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