"We didn't come out here to play tiddlywinks, son."
Interesting. Now Where is Ovando?
It looks like Ovando will be at Greeneville, or at least there's a good chance of it. If not there, maybe the Gulf Coast League.
The signing of Jose Carlos Thompson was a real crack job by the Astros. First they paid $250,000 to a player who was right under their noses at Western Oklahoma Junior College in 2009 and could have been signed for $20,000. Then they invited him to Major League spring training even though he hadn't played baseball anywhere in almost two years. Then the news came out that he's suing his (former) best friend, one Aroldis Chapman, to get part of Chapman's contract. And now Thompson is AWOL due to some nebulous "family matter."Heckuva job, Astros scouting department.
Yeah, Mr. Anonymous, that $250k that you seem to think they've wasted on Thompson, that's really going to handicap the organization, not just now, but for years and years to come. And it's definitely not too early to pass judgment on the signing. Or to condemn him for having "family matters" to tend to, that we know nothing about. How dare he! Good grief.
@Reuben - I noticed you didn't bother to try to refute anything in my comment above and instead replied to things I didn't say.I never said the $250,000 would "handicap" the Astros for "years and years to come." I simply said that spending $250,000 instead of $20,000 wasn't very smart, especially for an organization that seems to be operating on the cheap these days.
Your comment didn't say anything about his actual ability to play baseball. That's what will ultimately determine if it was a good signing. And neither you nor I know how good he can or will hit, run, field, etc. How do you know they could have signed him for $20k? In any case, $230k- the difference- is not exactly a huge amount for an MLB team. Your whole post smacks of an ulterior agenda.
@Rueben - Jose Carlos Thompson played the entire 2009 collegiate season at Western Oklahoma, after which he went undrafted by all 30 teams. He then didn't play any baseball at all in 2010. Within that context, please explain how paying him $250,000 and inviting him to major league spring training were smart or efficient moves by the Astros.Also, you keep insisting I said something I never said. $250,000 isn't going to handicap the Astros or any other team, but that's not the point. The point is that spending $250,000 instead of $20,000 is dumb, whether the team is the Astros or the Yankees.
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