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Here’s why landing a catcher might be more difficult than the Astros thought

The Astros had Willson Contreras as their top target in free agency, but watched him sign with the Cardinals this week.

Should this be a surprise? Martin Maldonado is still on the roster, so any free agent catcher knows they might not get to play as often as they like in Houston. Just ask Christian Vazquez who the Astros traded for at the trade deadline last season.

Will finding a catcher be a tougher task than the Astros expected with Maldy still under contract?

Plus, are the Astros really done spending for the most part, but just wanted fans to believe they were all-in on Contreras?

Check out the video above as we break it all down.

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DeMeco Ryans looks like the Texans' choice as the next head coach. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

The Houston Texans have been busy interviewing coaches over the last few weeks, and just this week, the team held second interviews with Giants OC Mike Kafka and Broncos DC Ejiro Evero. The Texans have also interviewed Los Angeles Rams tight ends coach and assistant head coach Thomas Brown, Sean Payton, Lions OC Ben Johnson, Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon, and Eagles OC Shane Steichen. Johnson has taken himself out of the mix and is returning to Detroit.

But according to a new report from Ian Rapoport, the Texans may already have their minds made up about their next head coach.

Former Texans linebacker and current 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans appears to be the top candidate for the Texans, and he is reportedly interested in the position, with a second interview likely to take place next week.

Ryans has been the defensive coordinator for the 49ers over the last two seasons. San Francisco was the best defense in the league in 2022.

Ryans is a popular pick for the position in Houston, and fans will be super excited if he eventually gets the job. Let's hope Rapoport's sources are correct, and the Texans have their new head coach lined up.

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