Friday, December 4, 2009

One of the more preposterous headlines you'll read about the 2010 Astros

Brian McTaggart has a new article, improbably headlined: "Astros have few needs entering Meetings."

Methinks it should read, "Astros have few means entering Meetings."

ANYway, there's not much we didn't know already, except for a couple of nuggets:

-Jason Michaels may not be likely to return

-Under "Who They Can or Need to Trade," Kaz Matsui (please, God) and Chris Johnson are listed:

Kazuo Matsui: He's entering the final year of a three-year deal that will pay him $5.5 million next year and certainly won't be returning to the Astros beyond this deal. He hit .250 last season, played in a career-high 132 games and was stellar defensively, but that's a contract the Astros wouldn't mind shedding.

3B Chris Johnson: Once one of their top prospects, Johnson has gotten little chance to prove himself at the Major League level, and the re-signing of Geoff Blum won't exactly open up playing time. And if the Astros re-sign Miguel Tejada, he's going to get the lion's share of time at third. The book is out on whether Johnson can play at the Major League level.