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

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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The Houston Texans' draft grades seem to be all over the place, with some giving them a solid A, and others handing out B-minus grades.

So why the big disparity? First, the Will Anderson trade caused some evaluators to lean toward a B. Simply because the Texans gave up more than the trade chart suggests for a defensive player. There are a lot of different opinions on this move, because it could be argued that the Texans actually gave up all that draft capital for CJ Stroud.

Meaning, they had to take Stroud at No. 2 to keep teams from trying to trade up for a QB at No. 3.

Polarizing second-round pick

The other reason the Texans didn't receive unanimous A's across the board is the Juice Scruggs pick. The Texans traded up into the second round to land their future center, and while some draft experts like Lance Zierlein approved of the pick, others felt that Scruggs was a mid-round prospect at best.

Be sure to check out the video above as the guys cover all the angles.

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