Switching to the AL West is better than staying in the NL Central? It sounds crazy, but it may actually benefit the team.
The division is loaded with talent; the reigning two-time AL champion Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will compete for the division title for years to come. The Oakland A's are hot all of a sudden, and the Seattle Mariners are in a rebuilding stage.
While the best teams in baseball are in the American League, the league also has some of the weaker teams in the majors.
The team has already begun trading some key players (Carlos Lee), and they may continue to deal as next week's trade deadline approaches. The team will enter next season with young players looking to stick in the big leagues.
For a team that lost 106 games a season ago, moving to the league that has dominated interleague play may not sound like a great idea. However, it is time for a change.
The Astros will be better off in the AL next season for several reasons, and switching leagues will look like a good decision.
All stats are from MLB.com.