In an article on non-roster invitee Casey Fien, it turns out that he was going to the first bidder.
"I told my agent whatever team comes after me, that's the team I want. They obviously want me so I'm going to go to that team."
Within the article, it turns out old college roommate Bud Norris is the one who suggested the Astros give him a shot.
According to Fien, the Tigers were kind of jerks about his brief stints in the Majors in 2010:
"They actually told me I was going down before I pitched. They were like: 'Listen, just go out there and try to get some outs. You won't be here long.'"
Just think, had we come up with a per diem, Casey Fien could have been writing for AC.