The Astros will have to do some major tinkering with the roster over the winter. They have 10 pending free agents going into the off-season. Miguel Tejada, Jose Valverde and LaTroy Hawkins all likely played and pitched so well that they priced themselves out of Houston. The rest of the free agents (Geoff Blum, Aaron Boone, Jason Michaels, Darin Erstad, Doug Brocail, Brandon Backe and Mike Hampton) will all likely be looking for new jobs over the winter. The Houston Astros really need to improve at catcher and they will likely consider signing Rod Barajas, Jason Kendall, Bengie Molina, Miguel Olivo, Ivan Rodriguez, Ramon Hernandez (if the Reds buy him out), Brian Schneider, Yorvit Torrealba or Jason Varitek (if he opts out of his contract with Boston) to start. The Astros also will have a glaring hole at shortstop if Miguel Tejada leaves over the winter. Orlando Cabrera, Marco Scutaro, Adam Everett, Alex Gonzalez (if Boston lets him go) and Jack Wilson (if Seattle lets him go) would be considered for the starting shortstop job in 2010 for the Astros. The last thing on offense the Astros would need is a back up outfielder or two. Reed Johnson, Gabe Kapler, Rick Ankiel, Rocco Baldelli, Endy Chavez, Mark Kotsay, Brian Giles and Austin Kearns would all warrant consideration from the Astros. The pitching staff will also likely need rebuilt. The Astros will likely scour the bargain bin for a starting pitcher looking at Miguel Batista, Bartolo Colon, Jose Contreras, Justin Duchscherer, Josh Fogg, Livan Hernandez, Brett Myers, Brad Penny and Jarrod Washburn. If Jose Valverde seeks greener pastures the Astros will need a new closer and they will be looking for a bargain with Billy Wagner, Mike Gonzalez, Rafael Soriano, Takashi Saito, J.J. Putz and Brandon Lyon being the top targets. The Astros also need help from both the right and left side in the bullpen and they will be looking for a lot of cheap arms. David Weathers, Danys Baez, Joaquin Benoit, Luis Ayala, Kiko Calero, Brendan Donnelly, Kelvim Escobar, Matt Herges, Guillermo Mota, Chan Ho Park, Russ Springer, Rudy Seanez and Justin Speier will all get looks from the Astros. From the left side the Astros will be looking at guys like Joe Beimel, Scott Eyre, Ron Mahay, Will Ohman, Brian Shouse, Jamie Walker, Billy Traber, Wil Ledezma and Ken Takahashi. It will be hard for the Astros to fill all of the holes on the roster just through free agency so they will likely be heavily involved in the trade market.