Team management talks 2012 roster options

Team management talks 2012 roster options

CINCINNATI -- Astros president of baseball operations Tal Smith, general manager Ed Wade and assistant general manager David Gottfried met with manager Brad Mills and his coaching staff for about three hours at the team's hotel in downtown Cincinnati on Monday to discuss 2011 and look ahead to 2012.

"We got their impressions on the guys on the roster and needs and things of that nature," Wade said. "We thought it was a good meeting. It was a real good exchange of ideas. Folks were very candid in their opinions. They weren't all on the same page with everybody, which I thought was very helpful. It was good."

The group talked about each player on the roster and analyzed their performance in 2011, as well as how they might fit into the club next year. The Astros only have two free agents, outfielder Jason Michaels and shortstop Clint Barmes.

"We talked about, a little bit, about needs going forward," Wade said. "We literally went player-by-player, starting with the pitchers and then the catchers and infielders and outfielders and some of the guys who are on option or were on the disabled list during the season, long enough for the coaching staff to have some observations. We talked about all that stuff."