How do you identify weaknesses for a team that lost 111 games the prior season? Well, the Houston Astros obviously have plenty of weaknesses. But in reality, the team isn't going to compete for much of anything in 2014, so how viable are these weaknesses? Does it matter if the team's starting pitching stinks, when only one or two members of the rotation are parts of their long-term future? Does it matter if this revamped veteran bullpen stinks when the only upside of having these guys around is to trade them in July?
Identifying actual weaknesses for this Astros team need to go beyond 2014. There are many parts of this team that are, quite frankly, replaceable, and their successes or failures in 2014 won't have much of an impact on the future of the Astros. If I had to pick a pair of long-term weaknesses, I'd choose to lack of progression from Jose Altuve in 2013 and the fragility of Jason Castro.