On Wednesday, Buster Olney broke down the available jobs in the American League and our friends at Baseball Prospectus took the first shot at filling them with available free agents, top prospects or trades. Today, it is the National League's turn for the same treatment.
AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Astros: The departed Ty Wigginton wasn't the second coming of Brooks Robinson with the leather, but his combination of offense and defense clearly trumps what currently in his place, holdover Geoff Blum and free-agent add-on Aaron Boone (who hasn't played third regularly since 2006). While PECOTA sees free agent Joe Crede as challenged in the OBP department -- consistent with his .314 mark compiled last year before back woes shut him down -- he trumps that level of competition. If healthy, Crede's pull power would be an especially good fit for the short-porch Crawford Boxes given that 113 of his 125 career homers have been hit to left or left center, his excellent glovework would cover for the declining range of shortstop Miguel Tejada, and he could always be flipped to a contender if the Astros flop.