5 options the Astros must consider if Cole doesn't return

POINT BLANK PRESENTED BY FITZ ROOFING

With the likely departure of Gerrit Cole, the Astros may look to add another starting pitcher in free agency to take his place.

If history tells us anything, the Astros will target a pitcher that has traits similar to Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole. Guys who throw hard with good breaking balls that pitching coach Brent Strom can develop.

ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank shares his thoughts on which pitcher the Astros should add in free agency to replace Cole. Point Blank is presented by Fitz Roofing.

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Jose Abreu looks lost at the plate.Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

We're only 14 games into the Astros season, but Jose Abreu is currently hitting .081 and has been moved down to the eight spot in the batting order. Is the end of Jose Abreu's time with the Astros approaching? Should it be already?

Don't miss the video above as ESPN Houston's Jeremy Branham and Joel Blank discuss his slow start to the season, and future with the club.

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