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3 Astros players who won’t be on the roster by September 1

Fansided logo Fansided 8/10/2022 Tim Boyle
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These three members of the Houston Astros roster are the most likely ones to be gone by September 1.

The level of desperation for the Houston Astros to win a championship this year isn't too dire. They always have 2017 to fall back on even if some baseball fans will always view it with an asterisk. This year's roster is so different from the one from that championship season that we can practically call this ongoing year a new era.

We're already seeing teams make some big and somewhat surprising roster cuts. Veterans are getting designated for assignment rather than play out the end of their contract. Is there someone on the Astros who will suffer the same fate?

The Astros actually don't have that big albatross contract or underperforming pitcher on the roster. In fact, the three players most likely to be gone from the roster by September 1, are all offensive players. Who will we see dismissed by the time the calendar flips?

1) Astros roster doesn't need Mauricio Dubon on it

Aledmys Diaz is the better version of Mauricio Dubon. It's not even close. Together, the two aren't so bad on a roster. There does come a point in a season where hitting around .200 is no longer acceptable. For this reason, Dubon will probably be gone from Houston by September 1.

The Astros added Trey Mancini at the trade deadline which gives them another bat to use at DH but also first base and even a corner outfield spot. He's a superior hitter to Dubon whose role with this ball club has been to play all over the field. By the time September 1 rolls around and the Astros can actually use one of the extra roster spots on two better hitters rather than a versatile defender, we should expect Dubon to be gone.

How gone will he be? The out-of-options 28-year-old would have to be designated for assignment in order to get removed from the 26-man roster. Considering how poorly he has hit, it's not such an unwise decision.

The health of someone like Michael Brantley could push Dubon off the roster. A hotter hitter in the minor leagues could also do the trick.

2) Astros roster could use a Jake Meyers upgrade

Jake Meyers is finding himself playing a lot of center field for Houston this year. The results haven't been so great. The same thing happened with Jose Siri during his time playing the position regularly earlier this season.

The problem Houston faces is how few options they actually have. Center field is a weakness for many teams across the league. The Astros are no exception. If it's not Meyers, who has minor league options remaining, Houston will be taking a chance on someone else.

The Astros can sacrifice a lot of defense in favor of offense by moving Kyle Tucker to center field and giving Mancini reps in right field. They also have another outfielder, Chas McCormick, who could be a candidate to shift over from left field into center field just for a possible change.

None of these options are all that appealing. The Astros should, however, keep a close eye on the waiver wire, any players released from their current teams, and watch closely at how their own minor league players are performing. September is a time to take some risks with the roster. Be sure to do it by the end of the day on August 31. You'll want to have him available for the postseason just in case things go even better than expected.

3) Astros roster could still use a little more from Chas McCormick

Already mentioned, Chas McCormick is a third candidate to see his time come to an end with the Astros. Like Meyers, it would only be temporarily. He can get optioned to the minor leagues safely without the Astros losing him.

McCormick hasn't done a bad job as a regular left fielder for the Astros this year. The problem would be that they may prefer to keep Meyers—a more natural center fielder. When Brantley returns, it feels inevitable that one of these two outfielders will get sent down to the minor leagues.

McCormick has hit better, shown some pop, and feels like the superior player for the Astros strictly from an offensive side of things. For Houston, a decision may come down to whether they want to try to get creative at the center field spot or not. McCormick has seen some action there so perhaps it's not such a difficult decision. They may lose a little defense but a lack of great center fielders is a league-wide issue.

Even if one loses their roster spot temporarily, each could and should be a candidate to be present for at least some time in September with the expanded 28-man rosters. McCormick will need to continue to hit in August to help management have an easier decision.


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