Thursday, February 5, 2009

Buster Olney: It's Carlos Lee's fault

While it's true I have a man-crush on Buster Olney, I find fault with his assessment of the Astros' developing situation in 2009. Here's the Astros' position of interest:

Third base
As Carlos Lee's salary climbs, the Astros have been forced to cut in other spots. So they dumped Ty Wigginton and signed Aaron Boone, and hope to find a solution in Boone or Geoff Blum or some surprise on their roster.


While it's true Carlos Lee got a $6.5 million raise from '08 to '09, I'm not sure it's solely his contract preventing the Astros from resolving their issues. $6.5 million would have resigned Ty Wigginton or Randy Wolf, and to think that the Astros will pay Tejada and Lee $31.5 million is stomach-churning...

4 comments:

Spruce said...

I agree with you. It's hard to knock Carlos too much seeing he does produce when he doesn't have a demolished hand. It's a little harder to justify all the money going to Miggy. By the way, what's the backup plan at shortstop if Tejada just tanks this year?

Aaron said...

Is it just me, or is 'Miggy' the most unstable nickname in baseball? All I can think about it is 'Miggs' from Silence of the Lambs. And we all know what he's known for...

Spruce said...

In fact, that is exactly why I use it.

The Constable. said...

I hereby declare we all refer to Miguel Tejada as "Miggs."