Position battles to watch at Astros spring training

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, from left, celebrates with George Springer, Kyle Tucker and Myles Straw after the Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, from left, celebrates with George Springer, Kyle Tucker and Myles Straw after the Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – The Houston Astros are back for the 2021 season after a surprising run to Game 7 of the 2020 ALCS despite a losing regular season.

Houston returns without George Springer, but with a bit more stability and further removed from the sign-stealing scandal and some major injuries. There are some big changes to watch, but also some improvements in soft spots.

Much of the 2021 Astros are set, but there are a handful of positions up for grabs.

Here’s a look at the top position battle:

Centerfielder

George Springer has been entrenched as Houston’s center fielder since 2014, with various players filling in due to injury.

Springer is now in a Blue Jays uniform and the Astros will have to find another full-time option.

Myles Straw


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