The Houston Astros are World Series champions, and they’re having an incredible amount of success. Can anything prevent this ruthless repetition?

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Houston has a lot of free agents and questions are brewing in his management. But it’s fair to wonder if any of that would matter, given the team’s depth.

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Here’s what the future holds for the Astros, from these standout free agents to three of the biggest questions the franchise will face next season and beyond.


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Known free agents: joint venture Justin Verlander (optional), OF Michael Brantley, C Christian Vazquez, DH Trey Mancini, RP Rafael Montero, RP Will Smith (optional), C Martin Maldonado, INF/OF Aledmis Diaz, 1B Julius Gurriel, C Jason Castro

It’s a pretty long list, and there are a few familiar names, led by future Hall of Famer Verlander. But the thing is, the Astros can lose this entire roster and everything will be fine. In particular, they needed to do something with the position to catch, but they could figure it out. This is not an observation about these players. This one is about how solid the foundation for this organization is.