First of all, CONGRATULATIONS RED BIRDS!!!! for bringing the World Series trophy to the NL Central for the very first time! Thank you for showing the world that the NL isn’t doomed to being swept in the fall classic for 3 years in a row.
Congrats also to ex-Astro Preston Wilson for getting his very first World Series ring! I’m sure Viz will get one also to add to the ones he already has.
Okay, on to the business at hand. To me, the most pressing needs of the Astros this offseason are to re-sign Clemens and Pettitte early on (no more I want to wait until February before I decide), sign Soriano or Carlos Lee to a long term deal, sign Huff to a 2 year deal, sign one of Schmidt/Wolf/Lilly, trade the deadwood named Ensberg, Lane, Astacio, W. Rodriguez, Buchholz, and add Hirsh and one AAA pitcher to get a veteran starter and a utility player.
If Uncle Drayton wants to keep hearing the cha-ching cha-ching of the turnstiles at MMP, he’ll open up his wallet and give Tim Purpura the wherewithall to go get us the big bats and two more veteran starters that we need to compete for the World Series in 2007.
Fellow Bloggers, feel free to chime in with your suggestions/critiques! The Hot Stove is officially open for lively debate!