Are Astros ready to spend?

(UPDATE: Buster Olney now writes that he has heard that the Astros believe their bid, reportedly between $50 million and $60 million, for Jose Abreu has fallen short and that the White Sox could be the current favorites to land the free agent. Nevertheless, the point still holds that, under the right circumstances, Houston appears willing to spend some money on payroll for the 2014 season.)

When the Houston Astros signed Jose Altuve to a four-year, $12.5 million deal this past July, it made the second baseman the only player on their current roster with a contract in place for the 2014 season valued at more than a million dollars.