That was a very long, complicated way of saying that the Sporting News' Stan McNeal doesn't have a firm grasp on reality, especially if he really believes that Orlando Cabrera should end up in Houston.
Switch-hitting veteran hit .284 in 160 games for the A's and Twins. Best fit: Astros need to replace Miguel Tejada and Cabrera played under new manager Brad Mills in Boston and Montreal. Cabrera is used to the waiting game after not signing until March last season.
With the payroll already projected at $92m+, I can't see a way in which the Astros pay up for Cabrera.