The recent discussions about a possible extension for George Springer obviously lead to the questions – how much and how long? All sorts of thoughts go through your head in trying to figure out Springer’s value.
Caught between the overall brilliance of Jose Altuve and the meteoric appearance of Yordan Alvarez, the terrific start to Alex Bregman‘s career sometimes gets overlooked. His slow starts to each season, his sometimes childish Twitter throwdowns with other players and his over the top posing and antics after launching home runs take the spotlight off of just how great he has been in his approximate 3-1/2 years with the Houston Astros.
Though it feels like much longer, the Astros have been required to cover the DH position as an AL team only for the last seven seasons. They have had many people rotate in and out of that spot, but in any one year the most ABs might have been given to Evan Gattis, Carlos “The Banger” Beltran, Chris Carter or even (swallow) Carlos Pena. In general, these folks have not been very good.
The 2015 season was the beginning of the Astros on the field Renaissance as it ended a four year period where they had averaged a 58-104 record. In fact, if you take out the very bad 70-92 2014 season, you would have had a putrid 3 seasons where they averaged 54 wins and 108 losses. So, looking back at the wild card 2015 season, the above-average 2016 season and the 100+ wins of 2017 thru 2019, what were the top ten trades of that scalawag Jeff Luhnow during this period?
Minor league baseball is different than major league baseball in more ways than just salaries and size of crowds. As discussed in the following article, MiLB relies on having crowds, especially on their weekends and special give-a-way games for their lifeblood.