Sunday, July 1, 2012

Takeaways from the last 48 hours

And so, Carlos Lee has ultimately rejected a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers (or he took so long that the Dodgers called it off), one of the most storied franchises in the history of the game, who are currently sitting one game out of the NL West lead, but who - thanks to the new playoff scenarios - would currently make the playoffs. His reasons are his own, but here are some things we can take away from it:

1. Carlos Lee had every right to decline this trade. It was within the boundary of the contract he signed before the 2007 season. Might this be the first time that we rip a player for staying with the Astros? Because...

2. Lee's desire to compete can now officially be called into question. He did not want to join a pennant race for all of three months. As we pointed out on Twitter, Carlos Lee has made over $111m in his career, and has what is apparently a successful cattle ranch in south Texas. To Carlos Lee, that is enough. He has his money, his family is financially secure, and one final chance at October doesn't blow up his skirt.

Lee has 8,433 career plate appearances, and 12 post-season plate appearances (in 2000, he went 1x11 with a double and a sac fly for the White Sox in the ALDS), and he isn't interested in seeing if he can get a ring. I say "one final chance at October" because...

3. If I was any GM, anywhere, I would now think twice about trading for Carlos Lee, much less giving him a contract for the 2013 season. If Lee didn't want to play for a competing team, I wouldn't want him anywhere near my clubhouse.

4. Still, Jeff Luhnow won. He got a team willing to part with something warm for Carlos Lee. It doesn't matter (for me, anyway) if Lee goes anywhere for the rest of 2012 - we only have to watch him jog out grounders or infield pop-ups for another 80 games, or so. But with the news coming out that there was at least a deal in place, he made us further believers in the new regime. And if news of the deal was leaked by Luhnow, that's a genius move right there.

See, Ed Wade may have been trying his little pants off to move Lee, but was so tight-lipped about it that we never got to see or hear anything about the behind-the-scenes moves. And perhaps that's the best way to go about it. But what the fanbase needs right now is to know that the front office is at least trying to make moves to send the team forward. It didn't actually happen this weekend, but it's further evidence that Luhnow is the right man for the job.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have nothing against Luhnow, but come on. The guy is a genius for a trade which wasn't even made?

Astros County said...

Not for not making the trade - but in how it was handled.

Anonymous said...

I can't stand Carlos Lee , this just shows everyone what a lazy selfish bum he is. I hope every Astros fan boos him at the home games. I know I will.

Anonymous said...

Why is the handling so good? He'd have been better off not leaking it. Carlos' value is now nil as every club now knows he cares nothing about winning.

Astros County said...

Maybe so. But that said, we all now know that the front office was Carlos Lee's agreement away from trading him. His value would have been fine if he wanted to go to the Dodgers. Now it's not as high, sure, but the heat is on Lee now, not the front office.

Anonymous said...

I didn't need this weekend to know that Luhnow is doing everything he can to make the team better. I don't see how Carlos being Carlos really effects that either way.

The only thing to take away from this weekend is that while we knew we weren't going to get any effort out of Carlos, we now know we won't get any prospects in return for him either.

Anonymous said...

I agree with what you say. My thought, and that of others, is that since he lowered his value to contending teams to the point none would want him, or would give less than the Dodgers offered, he should be sat on the bench and they should bring up Brett Wallace to play first. It might show him we didn't appreciate his selfishness and care-less attitude towards the Astros organization who paid him handsomely, and I lay that albatross directly at McLane's feet. I hope they never give another free agent more than 3 years.

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling this isn't over yet. If we've learned anything in trades, people and teams will say they are changing their mind and then the next day it reverses. Who knows.

It seems obvious that Lee wants to retire. On the other hand maybe he really doesn't care about being on a championship team, maybe he just wants to play ball.

You can't get mad at a guy that secured his future and did a really good job in his contract of protecting himself.

As someone who wants to see the Astros move forward, I would love for him to take the trade. On the flip side I respect him being smart and taking care of his family.

The trades aren't done. Watch Wandy hit the trade rumors this week and who knows who else. One thing is for sure. Lunhow is doing a fine job. I actually appreciate him sharing more details then the previous owner and leadership.

I think the new leadership is able to do so much because Crane sees that in the end a competitive team brings in the fans which buys the tickets and concessions which brings him the money.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why you couldn't be upset, hell I'm pissed off. What a pos! What kind of athlete are you to play this many years and not have the drive in you to want to play meaningful games to search for the greatest accomplishment in your profession which is a championship. Nah I will just end my career on a losing team and in turn not help the franchise that gave me $100 million dollars. Sit his fat f'ng ass on the bench for the rest of the year hell if I'm Crane I would just tell him you've played your last game for us and release his sorry no drive ass, what kind of athlete are you, oh that's right your not.

Max said...

They may not be able to trade him but they do not need to play him. Wallace needs to be back up here playing first base the rest of the year. He hit well when he was up here and has been hitting just as well during the time he has been down. It was a bonehead move by the new management team. If they thought they were showcasing him by playing him everyday they were wasting their time. He has minimal value.