Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Drayton might actually be getting it.

Great news from Zach Levine yesterday, regarding what Drayton is willing to do to get maximum value from Roy.

Levine:
Astros owner Drayton McLane said Monday that the team was “willing to look at anything” between now and the trade deadline and that he will not rule out absorbing a portion of a contract if it allows the Astros to get better prospects in a trade.

Drayton added that "nothing is imminent" right now.

Wait. He may not be getting it:
“We’re still in it in this year, 2010. When Ed put the team together in December and January, I thought it would be an improvement over the previous year. Lance and Carlos (Lee) and Hunter (Pence) for a time weren’t hitting well, and Pedro Feliz hasn’t been hitting the way we thought he would. We still think there’s a chance to play well the rest of this season.”

Can you think of another time - not even limiting it to sports - in which someone's refusal to give up completely infuriated you? The Astros are 26-44, 12.5GB of the NLC lead. And it's not like the team is better on paper. Their 146 extra-base hits are worst in the NL. They're the only NL team with an OBP under .300. Their .334 SLG is worst in the NL - by 27 points. And Brad Mills has outperformed the Pythagorean W-L by four wins.

I have to give it to Drayton, he won't throw in the towel. And while that's fist-pumping awesome in Rocky, it really sucks for us, because there's a pretty decent chance that Roy will just be pissed off in Houston for the next year and a half.

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