All Things Astros and a whole lot more
Actions often speak louder than words, except when you are watching some WWE actor/wrestler screaming at you on the TV. So, there have been a number of actions made by the front office that are meant to send a message this off-season.
Potentially going to arbitration with Jason Castro over a $250,000 difference
Teams usually don’t want to go to arbitration to begin with and in the modern world of baseball finances $250K is a drop in the barrel. So why are the Astros risking antagonizing their likely starting catcher over this small amount?
(Note – this was written before reading Brian T’s post on the Castro arbitration – but so it goes)
Jeff Luhnow announcing that first base is Jon Singleton’s to lose in spring training
It is not normal to give a position away to a guy who has batted .171 with a 36% strike out rate in 420 mlb plate appearances. So what are the Astros trying to tell Singleton, or the rest of the baseball world?
The Astros signing Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league contract
When a 37 year old lefty is coming off a season where he gave up .838 OPS to left handed hitters, has a WHIP north of 1.500 and is again 37 years old, why sign him at all?
The Astros trading 5 pitchers, Mark Appel, Vincent Velasquez, Brett Oberholtzer, Harold Arauz and Thomas Eshelman to the Phillies for fireballing reliever Ken Giles and skinny infielder Jonathan Arauz
There are lots of unusual aspects to this trade – trading 5 pitchers, including 2 with mlb experience, trading the former 1st over all pick and having two players with unusual last names on either side of the trade. What were the Astros saying?
Announcing the postponement of the project to rid Minute Maid Park of Tal’s Hill
It is a bit unusual to announce a fairly major renovation project and then to back out of it only a few months later. What was behind the reversal?
So, other than the Castro situation which has already been discussed, what message do you think the club was trying to pass along with these moves?