Saturday, February 20, 2010

OMG! Job security!

Brian McTaggart is reporting that Ed Wade has received an extension through 2012. Wade's contract was up after the 2010 season.

This is ultimately good news for Brad Mills, whose two-year deal includes an option for 2012. If the Astros don't go 40-122, given that Ed Wade will be around through that option year, Mills should be given a fair shake to be the manager for a while.

This is the type of stability a rebuilding team (even if it doesn't look like they're rebuilding to anybody else but us) needs.

1 comment:

tpack said...

Better move than Cooper's extension for sure. It's a slow rebuild, as you allude to, but I think it's a really good one so far.

As examined, at length, trading one of the big three is nearly impossible. Because of their immovability, the rebuild is going to be slow.

The signs are there though--we seem to be building a very strong core through the middle--Bourn, Castro, maybe Mier--and have a bunch of seemingly exciting young pitching prospects. Coupled with a bunch of draft picks this summer, this team could be exciting in a few years. I'm glad Ed Wade has a chance to see this through.

The extension length is good too--I think we know by 2012 how the rebuild is going. Hell, I think we'll have an excellent idea of how it is by the end of the year.

We'll have full seasons from Mier and other rookies, full years at AA (probably) from Lyles, Clemens, and Gaston, and another draft to look at. Not to mention seeing how Norris, Paulino, and Castro fare in the big leagues. This is a more exciting year to be an Astros fan than the last few I think.