Early returns encouraging in Astros leadership power struggle


There were a lot of discussions last week about Astros GM Dana Brown commenting on the lack of playing time for Yainer Diaz. Brown's comments seem to have gotten through to manager Dusty Baker, as Diaz has been in the lineup a lot more recently.

And they're not just using him exclusively at catcher. We've seen Diaz employed as a DH, and he's played first base as well. In fact, he has played in 5 of the last 8 games and is hitting .417 in his last seven games. And they certainly need to use him more with Yordan Alvarez dealing with an oblique injury.

Dusty may have the authority to set the everyday lineup, but Dana Brown is the one with the long-term contract, as Baker has been going year to year.

So what does this mean moving forward? Will Dusty start splitting the catching duties a little more evenly as well? Could we be witnessing a changing of the guard with Diaz and Brown?

Watch the video above as we cover all the angles!

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Jose Abreu has been released. Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images.

It's official, the Houston Astros have released first baseman Jose Abreu after almost two disappointing seasons.

The Astros announced the news on social media Friday afternoon.

Abreu had the ninth-worst OPS in baseball in 2023, and recorded a .124 batting average in 2024.

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