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How external, internal pressures could force Houston Astros into big offseason change

With news of the Texas Rangers being the 4th team this season to fire their manager, we have to wonder if they could turn their attention to Astros bench coach Joe Espada, who has interviewed for the Rangers job in recent years.

Plus, could the fear of losing Espada to the Rangers be enough reason for the Astros to part ways with Dusty Baker after the season?

Check out the video above as we discuss if this should be Baker's last season with Houston, whether they win the World Series or not.

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The Houston Astros haven't counted on their catchers to deliver much offensive production in recent years, with defensive specialist Martin Maldonado being their primary catcher for the last few seasons. But top hitting prospect Yainer Diaz is making a case to get more playing time behind the plate and at first, based on his ability to swing the bat.

Until recently, he hasn't been able to get any meaningful playing time. Even David Hensley, who was optioned to Sugar Land a few weeks ago, has more plate appearances than Diaz this season.

So how does manager Dusty Baker find more opportunities for Diaz? Should he use him more often as a DH, along with getting time at first base and catcher?

And what does that mean for Jose Abreu, Martin Maldonado, and to a lesser extent, former first round pick and Sugar Land Space Cowboy catcher, Korey Lee?

Plus, considering how good the Astros outfielders have been this year, does the team need to grab another bat before the trade deadline?

Don't miss the video above as we break it all down!

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