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Astros reportedly "ultra aggressive" in pursuit of free agent

James Click is doing some wheeling and dealing. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Astros shocked us yesterday when they were able to re-sign Justin Verlander and fortify their starting rotation after JV declined the qualifying offer. Many fans are wondering if the Verlander signing will be the only "big name" free agent bullet James Click fires this offseason.

According to Bob Nightengale, don't be surprised if the Astros land another significant free agent. We heard rumors of the Astros' interest in outfielder Starling Marte over the weekend, but multiple teams have been hot and heavy over the idea of signing Marte.

Apparently the Astros are still interested in signing the speedy outfielder with Nightengale reporting that the Astros are being "ultra aggressive" in their pursuit of Marte, even after the Verlander signing.

It's hard not to like what Astros GM James Click and owner Jim Crane are doing this offseason. Losing Carlos Correa seems to be a forgone conclusion, but the Astros appear willing to take some big swings in free agency and find a way to replace some of his production.

The sticking point with Marte might come down to how many years he wants on his deal. It's hard to imagine the Astros will want to sign him for more than 3 years, considering Marte is 33 years old. Either way, the Astros are just getting started in free agency, and that's all Astros fans can ask for. Also, don't be surprised if the Astros add some relief pitching in the coming days. Click mentioned the bullpen as an area he would like to improve this offseason. Which makes sense considering Yimi Garcia and Kendall Graveman are free agents.

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