Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Well, that's that

Smilin' Ken Rosenthal says LaHawk is off to Milwaukee, pending a physical, in a two-year deal, which is exactly what Ed Wade did not want to hand out.

Expect that Rafael Soriano deal to come together even more quickly. The Astros just shed about $12 million with the departures of LaHawk and Valverde.

Jayson Stark, among others, is reporting the Hawkins deal is worth $7.5m over two years.

Honestly, if the Astros had committed $7.5 million to LaHawk, I wouldn't be very happy. But what happened with the negotiations? Let's take a look:

November 1: LaHawk says he's waiting to see what happens with the new manager before making a decision about free agency.

November 6: Ed Wade: "We have indicated to them we would like to have LaTroy back, but there is no time table."

November 19: Astros have an offer on the table to LaHawk.

December 1: Astros decline arbitration to LaHawk.

December 2: Astros make offer in the neighborhood of $4m

December 2: Wade lists re-signing his free agent trio of LaHawk, Valverde, and Tejada as a top priority. He didn't sign any of them.

December 5: Rockies make signing LaHawk a priority

December 8: Braves are reportedly interested in LaHawk

December 8: LaHawk arrives in Indianapolis

December 8: Wade not interested in a multi-year deal.

9:47am, December 9: First time Brewers are reported with interest, by Bob Nightengale

11:24am, Dec 9: "Hawkins to Milwaukee" rumors are "news to" Hawkins

11:40am, Dec 9: Wade "doesn't feel the need to talk to" Hawkins. LaHawk knows where he is.

11:41am: Brewers listed as "front-runner"

Then he signs.

I'll give credit to Ed Wade for not over-paying for Hawkins. He didn't want to give him a multi-year deal, and he didn't. The Astros had an offer on the table, basically as soon as the season was over, and the Brewers just committed to him until the end of 2011. If they're comfortable with that, that's fine. Remember, Hawkins signed his $3.5m deal last year before the economy tanked, and it turned out to be an awful lot of money for an 8th-inning guy. It would have been nice to get some draft picks out of it, but Hawkins may have accepted arbitration, and been given a handy raise. So, let's see what Wade can do with the back end of the bullpen now. He has $13m he didn't have at the beginning of the week.


tpack said...

Hurts to say, but nice strategy by Brewers getting LaHawk and Wolf (sensing an animal theme?) w/out giving up draft picks.

Now looks like a mistake to not offer Hawkins arbitration unless they know something we don't. Oh well.

Ideas on what we'd be giving up for Lindstrom or Soriano?

OremLK said...

Prospects or Hunter Pence is my fear.

Anonymous said...

sorry..but giving Hawk 2 years and 8 mil is too much. Good for wade for not giving in. that's a ton of money saved by the Astros. and, the Brewers don't sign him if he's a type A. michael.

tpack said...

Pence would be way too much. I don't see that happening. They also don't really need outfielders assuming Heyward is ready. Carlos Lee made more sense but his no trade clause would be a problem. Prospects seem most likley but who do we really have?

tpack said...


Yeah, I think 2 yrs/8mil is too much, but we still should have offered arb which would have just been a one year deal. And, if he declines, we get picks.