Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Astros could screw LaHawk, and just might do it

Buster Olney's blog post this morning has to do with who's getting screwed (Billy Wagner) and helped (Mark DeRosa) by their Free Agent Type status.

LaHawk's Type A status could be used as leverage by the Astros to re-sign him:
He'll be 37-years-old next month and because he's a Type A free agent, the Astros could wreck his market by offering him arbitration and tying him to draft-pick compensation. Hawkins made $3.5 million last season, and other GMs believe it's a no-brainer for the Astros to offer arbitration to both Hawkins and Jose Valverde, who is also listed as a Type A.