HOUSTON -- The Astros are ready to win. They took a huge step toward that goal last season when they improved by 19 games over 2013. This offseason, they signed free-agent relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek, as well as shortstop Jed Lowrie, to address some of their biggest needs.
Those moves fall in line with what owner Jim Crane promised when he bought the club, saying the team would start to add free agents to fill in around the upcoming young players. And, perhaps more than anything, those young players hold the key for 2015.