Saturday, November 6, 2010

Astros won't pursue Lance

Mark Berman tells e'rybody that Ed Wade and Michael Moye - Berkman's agent - that the Astros will not be pursuing Lance this off-season.

"I heard from Mike Moye and he inquired about whether we had interest in bringing Lance back and I was candid with him and told him it didn't fit for us. As much as we love and respect Lance and what he's done for our organization, We had these internal conversations in July when we made the decision to go ahead and move him.

"Lance had said he'd be open to a trade at that point in time and realistically evaluating where we thought we were going to be going into 2011 we didn't think there was going to be a fit there with regard to picking his option up. We had that internal conversation then and moved forward and made the trade.

"Our situation hasn't changed in any great regard other than as a result of the moves we made in July we also added Brett Wallace to our mix. So we know that Carlos Lee can play first base. We know that Brett Wallace can play first base. Again, as much as we love and respect Lance and recognize what he's meant to our organization, we've moved past that at this point."

"To be honest I don't know how I feel. I really need some time to digest it."

It's a sad day, but it's not like we (or Lance) didn't know it was coming. One thing I'm not a big fan of is Wade mentioning Carlos Lee at first base, over Brett Wallace. But these are conversations we have over three months to play out.