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:
|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.