Tag Archives: Houston Astros

Papelbon to the Phillies

CHRIS PUMMER: The merits of forking over big money to a relief pitcher are dubious, but if the Phillies were bound and determined to spend that cash on someone to accumulate saves, picking Jonathan Papelbon over Ryan Madson was the right choice. Continue reading

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Hunter Pence, Hold or Fold?

CHRIS PUMMER: The Astros need to decide if a reasonable extension is a likelihood, and if not, need to find Pence a new team if the package of players is right. Continue reading

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MLB Previews: Marlins, Royals, Astros, Angels, Dodgers

The status quo rules in Florida, Kansas City and Houston. Everyone in Los Angeles will be keeping their fingers crossed. Continue reading

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Prince Fielder’s Value

JUSTIN JARRETT: The Milwaukee Brewers are eventually going to face a tough decision regarding Prince Fielder, and their best bet would be to sign him to a multi-year extension.

Fielder will be arbitration eligible after this season, and with his power numbers showing little sign of letting up, he’s bound to command a fat (no pun intended) paycheck for 2011, if it gets to that point.

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: It’s obvious now that the Brewers plan to keep Fielder, and I only half-way disagree with their decision. Continue reading

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The Houston Trades

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: The Astros are trying to spin the trades of Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman as the beginning of a new era in Houston baseball, an era based on youth and excitement rather than tradition and loyalty. While that idea is great in theory, it isn’t exactly well-represented by what the Astros have in hand right now. There’s not a big star to build the “new” team around, unless you count Carlos Lee — and that’s a whole other kind of big. Your best players are now Hunter Pence (who, granted, is very popular in Houston), Pedro Feliz, ummm…Wandy Rodriguez? And your greatest hope for the future is Jason Castro?

CHRIS PUMMER: Breaking up the expensive, aging core was the only real option left for McLane, Wade and company. Even if they had to pay part of the freight for Oswalt and Berkman, the team can move on without the weight of expectations — from both fans wanting a winner with such stars, or from those stars expecting more talent around them. Continue reading

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Perpetual Post NL Central Preview

Perpetual Post writers Howard Megdal, Jason Clinkscales and Chris Pummer deliver a rundown of how they see the National League Central Division shaping up this season. Continue reading

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Ed Wade: A Look Back, and Forward

CHRIS PUMMER: Ed Wade is probably the right man at the right time for Houston. And as long as his notorious fetish for overpaid middle relievers doesn’t destroy the organization in the meantime, he’ll be a capable placeholder until Houston owner Drayton McLane gives the go-ahead for a real rebuilding project.

DAN SZYMBORSKI: In today’s game, with the general quality of general managers being much higher than 10-15 years ago, Ed Wade is out of place. The Randy Smiths, Syd Thrifts, Chuck LaMars, and Allard Bairds of the world have generally been relegated to lesser advisory positions. Unless, of course we’re talking about teams run by former Wal-Mart CEOs.

CHRIS NEEDHAM: The best defense of Ed is this: he doesn’t completely suck. Just mostly. Continue reading

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Baseball Winter Meeting Reactions: Day 4

Perpetual Post authors analyze and discuss the rumors and transactions from the MLB Winter Meetings. Continue reading

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Baseball Winter Meetings Reaction: Day 3

Perpetual Post authors analyze and discuss the rumors and transactions from the MLB Winter Meetings. Continue reading

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