Astros must avoid making the same mistake twice

Gerrit Cole posted another fantastic start on Tuesday night and it left a lot of Astros fans concerned about what life would be like without Cole next year.

Cole will command top dollar in free agency, but many believe he is worth it and the Astros should basically write him a blank check.

ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank weighs in on the importance of re-signing Cole and cautions the Astros not to repeat the same mistake they made with Nolan Ryan. Point Blank is presented by Fitz Roofing.

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The Houston Astros are doing their part when it comes to pitching, but the offense could stand some improvement if the team wants to catch the red-hot Texas Rangers.

One player that could give the team a boost in that department is Yainer Diaz. Catcher Martin Maldonado is having another poor year at the plate, and Diaz taking some bats from him would provide the team with more offense.

Manager Dusty Baker has been reluctant to play Yainer on a regular basis early in the season, and GM Dana Brown was expecting Diaz to get about 300 at-bats this season.

Diaz can not only catch, he's played some first base this year, and he could certainly be used as a designated hitter. But he was rarely used as a DH even when the team was carrying three catchers.

Currently Diaz is on pace for around 220 at-bats and it looks like Dusty Baker is not seeing eye-to-eye with his GM once again when it comes to Martin Maldonado and his playing time. Just ask former GM James Click.

Be sure to watch the video above as the guys discuss the first public disagreement between Brown and Baker, and what it means moving forward.

Listen to The Killer B's weekdays from Noon-3 PM on ESPN 97.5 and 92.5 FM.

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