In a rematch of the 2017 ALCS, which they won in seven games, the Astros will face off against a Yankees team that now has much more firepower in the lineup –Edwin Encarnacion, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela weren’t on the 2017 team— and another frontline starting pitcher in James Paxton. Of course, the Astros have added some big names of their own. Yordan Alvarez, Michael Brantley, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke are the team’s most notable players without a 2017 World Series ring.
- José Altuve, 2B: Amateur Free Agent (Venezuela) March 2007
- George Springer, OF: Drafted First Round (11) 2011
- Carlos Correa, SS: Drafted First Round (1) 2012
- Bryan Abreu, RP: Amateur Free Agent (Dominican Republic) November 2013
- Josh James, RP: Drafted 34th Round 2014
- Jose Urquidy, RP/SP: Amateur Free Agent (Mexico) March 2015
- Alex Bregman, 3B: Drafted First Round (2) 2015
- Kyle Tucker, OF: Drafted First Round (5) 2015
Total WAR: 23.8
Signed in Free Agency (6)
- Yuli Gurriel, 1B: July 2016 (Cuba) — Signed to five-year, $47.5 million contract.
- Josh Reddick, OF: November 2016 (LAD) — Signed to four-year, $52 million contract.
- Joe Smith, RP: December 2017 (CLE) — Signed to two-year, $15 million contract.
- Héctor Rondón, RP: December 2017 (CHC) — Signed to two-year, $8.5 million contract.
- Robinson Chirinos, C: December 2018 (TEX) — Signed to one-year, $5.75 million contract.
- Michael Brantley, OF: December 2018 (CLE) — Signed two-year, $32 million contract.
Total WAR: 10.9
Acquired Via Trade (10)
- Brad Peacock, RP: February 2013 (OAK) — Acquired in trade that sent Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez Jr. to the Athletics.
- Jake Marisnick, OF: July 2014 (MIA) — Acquired in trade that sent Enrique Hernández, Jarred Cosart, and Austin Wates to the Marlins.
- Yordan Alvarez, DH: August 2016 (LAD) — Acquired in trade that sent Josh Fields to the Dodgers.
- Justin Verlander, SP: August 2017 (DET) — Acquired in trade that sent Jake Rogers, Daz Cameron, and Franklin Perez to the Tigers.
- Gerrit Cole, SP: January 2018 (PIT) — Acquired in trade that sent Joe Musgrove, Colin Moran, Michael Feliz, and Jason Martin to the Pirates.
- Ryan Pressly, RP: July 2018 (MIN) — Acquired in trade that sent Jorge Alcala and Gilberto Celestino to the Twins.
- Roberto Osuna, RP: July 2018 (TOR) — Acquired in trade that sent Ken Giles, David Paulino, and Hector Perez to the Blue Jays.
- Aledmys Díaz, INF: November 2018 (TOR) — Acquired in trade that sent Trent Thornton to the Blue Jays.
- Martín Maldonado, C: July 2019 (CHC) — Acquired in trade that sent Tony Kemp to the Cubs.
- Zack Greinke, SP: July 2019 (ARI) — Acquired in trade that sent Corbin Martin, Josh Rojas, J.B. Bukauskas, and Seth Beer to the Diamondbacks.
Total WAR: 26.2
Acquired Via Waivers (1)
- Will Harris, RP: November 2014 (ARI)
Total WAR: 1.1