Saturday, March 22, 2014

All kinds of tranzactionz

Big goings on today in Astros camp as the regular season gets down-under way (get it?). As an aside, I had every intention of watching the season opener at 3am. I went to bed at a reasonable time, and the daughter woke up at 2:30. I got her taken care of, and put her back down at 2:45, sat on the couch ready to go and...fell asleep. Woke up at 7:00. Any of y'all watch?

Anyhow, let's run down everything that has happened in the last 15 hours.

*Peter Moylan tore his UCL, and is likely headed for another Tommy John surgery (he had a first in 2008).

*The Astros optioned lefty reliever Darin Downs to OKC and reassigned Gregorio Petit and Japhet Amador to minor-league camp. As Drellich noted, if the Astros are going to have a 2nd lefty out of the bullpen (assuming Kevin Chapman is the primary lefty), it's going to be Raul Valdez - who doesn't have any options left. It also looks likely that Jesus Guzman and Marc Krauss are going to make the team.

*The Astros released J.D. Martinez.

This saddens me. Because for a couple of years it was really fun to do the minor-league recaps, as Martinez pretty much always hit. From 2009-11 Martinez never posted a minor-league OPS under .939. But it just didn't translate to the Majors. Martinez had a .742 OPS in his major-league debut, but declined to .685 in 2012 and .650 in 2013.


Anonymous said...

I'm sad for JD Martinez. I was really rooting for him. Hope he blows up somewhere else. Seriously..


Lyle said...

I getting my season tickets purchased this weekend. Looking forward to whatever this season may bring.

It could go very badly or who knows. I'll be there to see Springer and the others matriculate their way up though.

I feel really bad for Moylan. He seems like a character and was looking good this spring. Ugh, that's just horrible for him.

I also think it's Valdes and not Valdez.