Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hey, I think the Astros are moving to the AL. Like, now.

Buster Olney just tweeted:

Am told that the playoff fields will expand IMMEDIATELY, for 2012. Five teams in each league, with a one-game playoff between two wildcards.

Uh, so for that to happen, the Astros would move to the American League in time for next season. Looks like Carlos Lee will get to DH, after all. More to follow...

UPDATE: Hold on. That may not be right. They could possibly make that move without moving the Astros just yet.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Minor League Ball prospect list

After discussing the Astros prospect list with readers the last few days, John Sickels over at minorleagueball.com has compiled his top prospect list. The top two are Singleton and Springer, both rated as B+. Once again, the top of the list is dominated by kids brought over in trades recently, accounting for 4 of the top 5 and 6 of the top 8. I don't know if that means our homegrown players are that bad, or these last few trades have been that good.

Tell us something we don't know: "There is a large group of Grade C prospects"

For my part, I'm going to continue touting LHP Alex Sogard, who isn't mentioned at all in this list, as a sleeper prospect until he proves me wrong. Kids got some good stuff and solid peripheral stats. Also, what should we call Eddie's Farm after Eddie's gone? I suppose just change the "Eddie" part?

Barmes to Pittsburgh

Yep, the Astros have no shortstop as Clint Barmes signed a 2-year, $10.5m deal with the Pirates.

"In talking with my agent and talking with the club, they were wanting to make a decision and they wanted to know by pretty much yesterday who their shortstop was going to be so they could continue to move on. It was one of those things they had a few others guys lined up behind me, and the way it was explained to me, I was the first in line as far as who they wanted. They threw a great offer."

The Astros will get a compensation pick for the Pirates signing the Type B free agent.

Angel Sanchez is - at the moment - most likely to fill that void, since the Astros don't really want to move Jimmy Paredes over from 3rd. If the Astros are looking for a short-term free agent move, Ronny Cedeno is neither a Type B nor B free agent, and thus wouldn't cost any picks. Edgar Renteria, Drew Sutton, and Cesar Izturis also fit that bill. Type B options at SS include Yuniesky Betancourt, Rafael Furcal, and Alex Gonzalez.