Just a few scattershots while wondering if Jeff Luhnow’s cell phone is smoking after all the calls, emails and texts this week.
The Astros don’t need Shin-Soo Choo.
- Seems as though some Astros’ fans want the team to get back into one of those Carlos Lee-like contracts. Sorry, at this point in the rebuild, I just don’t get that. According to most reports, it will take about seven years and $150 million to sign the outfielder. Yes, the Astros may have to overpay to get some players to Houston, but it’s not time to overpay the A+ players.
Could Luhnow be a candidate for 2014 Executive of the Year?
- Sure, depending on the rest of this winter and how quickly prospects like Jonathan Singleton and George Springer develop. It’s too early to talk records, but if you think about it a moment, it wouldn’t take much more to put the organization in line for a 20-25 game improvement.
And, while we’re at it, no Tanaka in Houston.
- Rumors late last month indicated the Astros might be in on Korean pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Like Choo, it’s not the right time. If the much-discussed posting system wins out with the $20 million posting cap, the new rules would provide Tanaka with negotiating power to choose between any team meeting that threshold. It then becomes a bidding war and not one that Houston is likely to win.
From the Just Sayin’ category.
- A couple of weeks back, I suggested some players that could help solidify the next season for Houston. Chad Qualls and Jose Veras were among the number in this pre-Thanksgiving post. Wouldn’t say I necessarily went out on the proverbial limb with some of those names, but it is nice to read the tea leaves a bit.
And, a few questions for you as mid-week heads to weekend:
- What is an Anthony Bass?
- Your opinion on the back end rotation combo of Qualls-Veras?
- 2014 first baseman: Michael Morse, James Loney, Brett Wallace or someone else?
- At the risk of stirring the pot, what in the heck is going on with CSN? Am I missing the breaking news?
- Many have commented on question marks recently. What is the biggest question mark facing the Astros in 2014?