Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ed Wade didn't favor the Phillies

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Bob Brookover has a good piece on what happened with the Pence deal, and the perceived favoritism towards the Phillies from Ed Wade.

There's so much in the article that we're not even going to pull anything - you should read it for yourself.

There is a little throw-away line that deserves some attention, for Astros fans:
A baseball source indicated that the Astros' annually shrinking payroll will continue to plummet even after Crane officially takes control of the team.

Before you get all worked up, remember that part of the plummeting payroll will include Carlos Lee, who could make up to 30% of the Astros payroll, coming off the books after Crane takes over. If Crane has indicated that payroll will continue to shrink, it means the youth movement has begun, and stupid free agent signings has ended. Which is good news all around.


OremLK said...

It makes sense to lower payroll right now. Pence's and Bourn's trades signify a full commitment to rebuilding, and that process will take at least through 2013, I expect. Might as well save money (and roster spots to give young guys an opportunity) by not wasting any in free agency until we have a solid core to build around.

Anonymous said...

Who is the core? When u tear a team apart to rebuild you usually have a overly talented player that u start to build around. Houston does not. They have a bunch of young players with alot to prove. This is why these deals were so stupid. Houstons roster will be in turmoil until 2013 when they finally find a direction and player(s) to rebuild this team around. Then the rebuilding will begin. so expect at least 2017 before this club gets its dignity back. and that will never happen until they get rid of Deadhead Ed!

Warren said...

Right Reducing payroll does make sense. But no point in saving money unless it is put back into the system at some point. When 2014 rolls around if Crane does not put that money saved into a few quality players and still has a payroll of 70 million there will be no gain. The money may just go into Cranes pocket or to pay off his debt. Crane should get a very brief honeymoon. He is on the clock as of the trade deadline.

ProBeez4 said...

Had we only acquired an arm like Delgado or Vizcaino, I could really see a light at the end of the tunnel. With Bud and Lyles anchoring our future rotation, we just needed 1 or 2 solid arms to really envision our future staff - maybe Cosart is one of those guys with Oberholtzer fulfilling his "#3 starter" projection.

We have a few young interesting players in Altuve, JD, Paredes and Villar which I think project to be a solid support system for a few middle of the order hitters. Singleton and Springer will hopefully be two of those guys, then you hopefully are able to make 1 or 2 big free agent signings to complete the roster.

ProBeez4 said...

Continuing the conversation, some interesting 2013 free agents are: David Wright, Josh Hamilton, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and a slew of solid pitchers.

If Altuve and Martinez establish themselves as .300 hitters and Villar develops....we could try to put together a lineup that looks like this in 2013:

JD Martinez RF
Altuve 2B
Kemp CF (28 y/o in 2013)
Wright 3B (30 y/o in 2013)
Singleton 1B
Springer LF
Villar SS
Castro C

Wishful thinking, I know, but man that would be an exciting, athletic team.