The New York Times' Tyler Kepner profiled the Astros today, and is quite complimentary of Jeff Luhnow.
On the Weiland/Lowrie trade for Melancon, Weiland saw he had a good opportunity via the internet:
“I was kind of shocked. I immediately jumped online and started researching what’s going on with the Astros, and got excited really quick. There’s a lot of opportunity, a lot of changes over here, and it seems to be all for the better.”
Your close, from Kepner:
Years of poor drafting led to last season’s fall, and the organization has a long way to go. But with Luhnow’s strong drafting record and a windfall of television money coming soon, there are reasons to believe the Astros could someday complete the makeover that started with two Boston refugees.