Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Your first asinine rumor of the off-season

It's not even the end of the 2010 season, and we're getting our first free agency rumor.

The Boston Herald thinks that the Astros don't have enough $100m players, and could be in the market for another one, listing the Astros as one of three suitors for Carl Crawford - and if that doesn't work out, Jayson Werth.

The only way that will happen is if the Astros rid themselves of Carlos Lee. And I don't see the Astros making another $100m play for a player anytime soon.

3 comments:

Cockroach said...

Maybe not so asinine. It's way early, granted, but if they can move Carlos Lee this off-season (and they'd be foolish not to try), I wouldn't mind welcoming Carl Crawford to town. $100 million contracts are seldom (if ever) a good idea, I agree, but if you're going to spend that kind of money, I'd rather see it spent on an all-around guy like Crawford than a two-tool guy like Lee. Crawford is a Houston native, of course, so the local fans would love him, and swapping Lee's -1.6 WAR for Crawford's 4.4 can only help the team get better. You'd be giving up 10-15 HR per year, which is a problem for a team already last in the league in power, but Carl has actually outslugged Carlos this year, .489 to .425. Houston's 1st round pick next year will more than likely still be protected, too, so they can sign a "Type A" free agent without losing it. I wouldn't pursue Jayson Werth, due to age and Scott Boras, but Crawford could at least be worth an offer...

Joe said...

No way. Please no more free agents making 15 plus milliion. Just let the kids play. If we dont win, I would rather have the room to make moves rather than stuck with other guys. Its bad business. Carl Crawford has played forever too. You know the wear and tear has to be building. If you can see through how good of a story it is having a hometown guy playing in front of the "Crawford Boxes", then the business side doesnt match up. We have outfielders who could be ready when Lee's contract expires. They wont cost 15 million-20 million a year, but more than likely 400k. I would just keep spending through the international wire and amateur draft.

OremLK said...

I'm not in favor of any long-term contracts for left fielders until we know for sure what we've got in J.D. Martinez. Why logjam a guy who could be ready to contribute as soon as June of next season?