Astros cut 9: Majewski, Daigle, Castro, Chacin, Cash, Meyer, Shelton, Maysonet, Lopez.via an Alyson Footer Tweet Maysonet, Shelton, and Daigle really, really surprise me.
Mills said first baseman Lance Berkman will have his left knee examined by team medical director Dr. David Lintner on Friday in Kissimmee. Berkman sprained the knee early in the camp but has returned to game action. General manager Ed Wade said Berkman has had the knee drained twice because of a fluid build-up...Or things that make you say, "crap!" for $1,000 Color me frightened.
If Wandy Rodriguez were to not have caught fire in July, we’d be looking at him in a completely different light. Yes, he has the MLB award for July and the Astros Pitcher of the Year, but his $7 million asking figure could play a part in the arbitrators decision. There’s also the fact that Tal Smith has been playing the salary arbitration hearing game for some time. While not cleaning up by any stretch, the Astros have won 54 percent of the 13 cases they have been involved in since 1974. In 2008, the last time the Astros went to hearings, they won both their cases with Jose Valverde and Mark Lorretta, and have not lost a case since 1996...based on Rodriguez spike in July, his asking salary, and the Astros recent history in salary arbitration hearings, we’re going to side with the Astros winning the case.Biz of Baseball's analysis on the Wandy decision. I don't know exactly who the arbiters are or how the process works, but if Tal Smith throwing out July's numbers succeeds, then I want to get in that line of work.
The Astros system has improved over the last two years. Jason Castro, Lyles, and Mier are a strong front three, and after them there's a nice mixture of upside (Bushue, Austin, Seaton), guys ready for or on the verge of the majors (Gervacio, Lo), and people in the middle with questions but potential (Gaston, Steele). As stated, there are some interesting Grade Cs beyond them. But the organization falls short in terms of depth, a hangover from botched drafts earlier this decade.Minor League Ball's Astros Top 20 Prospect List
LaTroy Hawkins coming to Indy this afternoon to meet with Astros.Brian McTaggart, via Twitter. Me thinks a Hawkins signing could be done by the week's end. Just no more than $4 million, Eddy.
"Everybody knows in baseball you have to show a little offense to get a Gold Glove. We know it doesn't have to do with offense, but that's what it is in baseball. You have to roll with the punches."Courtesy of Alyson Footer's Twitter account...interesting that a player recognizes this...
Do you think Joe Blanton feels bad that CC Sabathia, on three days rest, is better than he is on full rest?I asked this question to a few people early, via sms, and I liked the responses. Let's see what we can, collectively, come up with.
After Francona gave Astros owner Drayton McLane a strong endorsement during a telephone conversation Sunday, Houston announced Tuesday it had hired Red Sox bench Brad Mills to be the 18th manager in franchise history.Meanwhile in the history of spin control... This will be the last time I reference the Mills as the second choice snafu, but I finally read the Drayton McLane spin-control statement on Mills and it was too hard for me not to jump all over it.
Dave Clark arrives at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday morning for second interview, joining Brad Mills, who is having third interview.Three interviews. My guess is that there will be a coin flip this afternoon. Heads: Garner. Tails: Mills. Seems just sloppy enough for how this whole process has gone.
According to a baseball official, the next Astros manager is apparently down to Red Sox [team stats] bench coach Brad Mills and former Nationals manager Manny Acta. Acta may have an edge because he came up in the Houston system, but he is also a finalist for the job in Cleveland, complicating matters a bit.Admittedly, this comes from the Boston Globe, under the sub-heading "Gaffer Gossip," but make of it what you will. A hat tip to OremLK.