McTaggart's post explaining that Valverde's declining is good news (uh, yeah):
The best option for the Astros at this point will be to pursue a closer at a lower cost than Valverde -- Mike Gonzalez, Kevin Gregg or Fernando Rodney, anyone? -- and still have some money to sign LaTroy Hawkins or another reliever. The Astros are also in the market for a third baseman to add some offensive punch and they need some bench help.
As Deputy Jason pointed out, Mike Gonzalez is from Pasadena, and I'd rather have him than Kevin Gregg.