After hearing about the Brewers trading for Zack Greinke; I started getting a bit sick to my stomach. I get big market, mid-market and small market; but when a small market team outbids a mid-market team or even a HUGE market team; I have to look at the Astros and say, "What in the WORLD is going on? Did you even try?!?"
So far this offseason:
1) Astros sign Clint Barmus. Nice upgrade but in the big scheme of things…Ho-Hum. Ed Wade calls it significant.
2) Astros sign Bill Hall. Once again; nice piece…but we don’t have the puzzle yet. Ed Wade considers this a major upgrade.
Ed Wade keeps saying, "You don’t win anything in the pre-season." Well that’s crap (pardon me if that offends anyone. Consider it a Greek word meaning a huge lie). Maybe you don’t get wins and losses in the preseason but the players you bring in affect ticket sales and ultimately your win and lose record. I am quite sure that no one in this forum is foolish enough to start thinking playoffs because Bill Hall is now our second baseman. It’s actually quite the opposite. The knowledgeable fans in this forum are thinking....wow…we might scare .500 again. Why do they keep insisting that these moves are upgrading this team when in reality they are only putting "bondo" over the big dents to make it look pretty?
I see teams all over baseball upgrading their clubs. We plug holes with players that will play for the money offered. (For Ed Wades benefit…money is currency of the region of the world you are in. The amount of this should reflect the value given to a baseball player that represents their actual worth as a player). There are teams in the league right now that; even though the Astros organization may not believe this, are actually trying to win; not only their division, but the World Series as well. I know this must come as a shock to the Astros.
It’s no secret that Drayton has capped the Astros salary. But there must be some flexibility. We have signed two players and they aren’t playing here for free out of the kindness of their hearts. I understand rebuilding; but when you have a chance to improve your team by acquiring a young, quality player, and you’re not willing to give up unproven players to make that acquisition; I don’t understand that. If it were a veteran that may be on the downside; no, I don’t want to lose the young talent. But we’re talking about Zack Greinke, a 26 or 27 year old, top of the rotation pitcher who would be that for a long time. Not trying to trade for a player like that I do not understand.