Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday Morning Hot Links

*The Masked Marvel started a series of Astros Depth Charts. Here's the Primer, and here are the Catchers.

*Luhnow hasn't ruled out signing Keuchel to a long-term extension.

*Despite only being $250,000 apart, the Astros are prepared to go to an arbitration hearing with Jason Castro for the first time since 2011.

*Three different executives told Peter Gammons yesterday to watch the Astros on Yoenis Cespedes.

*Baseball America's Top 10 Astros prospects: A.J. Reed, Francis Martes, Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker, Daz Cameron, Joe Musgrove, David Paulino, Colin Moran, Derek Fisher, Michael Feliz.

*Minor-league titles are paying dividends for Astros.

*Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr used words like "rogue element" and "outlier" in talking about Cheatin'-ass scouting director Chris Correa.

*In this big Drellich piece about the Cardinals, a source said that the hacking case won't get a huge priority from the FBI because it doesn't involve national security. It involves my personal security, though.


Anonymous said...

What are everyones thoughts on Cespedes? Does he cost a draft pick?

JKA said...

No draft pick compensation, since he was traded in the middle of last season. My thoughts on him as a player: always love a guy who can hit good pitching, but also a lot of red flags....defense, some nagging injuries, some rumblings about not being the best clubhouse presence....unless someone in the organization feels the risks are overblown AND they can strike a very reasonable deal - seems unlikely the current FO would go for this.

Chaz R said...

Cespedes is a waste of time for the Astros, unless we want to trade Gomez and put Cespedes in CF. I like Gomez better in CF and has more speed. You lose a little pop, but that's not a deficiency on the Astros.