Monday, March 5, 2012

Kyle Weiland turned to the internet to see if he should be excited about coming to Houston. And he was.

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.


Anonymous said...

I've been wondering, with all of the money some teams have seen coming from their TV deals (I believe the Marlins are the most recent example), will the new TV deal the Astros are entering really be as prosperous as those deals?

Anonymous said...

I think the Astros TV deal will never represent an ability competitively sign top-name free agents along big spending teams. What it does, is allow Houston to successfully supplement their homegrown talent and create a sizeable slush fund for signing early extensions and arbitration year buy-outs. If the front office is intent on running the Astros as a lean, small market team, with mid market flexible reserves, then we will find ourselves with a larger window for success than many other clubs without a TV deal of our size.