Astros aiming for Chris Gomez?

Apparently tight economic times are leading to terse negotiating tactics for a third baseman to platoon with Blum:

"There are a couple of guys that are at least worth talking about or talking to," Wade said. "[Assistant general manager] David [Gottfried] had a conversation with one of them today, and the price tag ran away from us. There are three or four guys we could send signals to: 'This is what we have available. Say yes or we're moving on to the next guy.' "

The article, per Astros.com, discusses each of the remaining free agent third base man, but devotes a significant amount of ink for Chris Gomez, and just small snippets for the rest.  Gomez apparently can play both 3B and SS and posted this line last year:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2008 - Chris Gomez 90 183 26 50 8 0 1 20 13 30 0 0 .273 .322 .333

Crede is apparently way out of our price range and we won't contact Morgan Ensberg (which, I don't understand...he's worth a minor league deal just to see).  Pablo Ozuna also gets a nod in the article.

This is just depressing.

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