Archive for December, 2006

HO HO HO: December 25, 2006

Monday, December 25th, 2006

God rest ye merry Astros fans
May nothing ye dismayyyyy
Cuz there are only 3 months left
Till it is Opening Dayyyyyyyyy….
Peace, good will and happiness to your family and friends on this day from me, Husband, kidsss and dogsss.

12/16/06: More On The Jennings Trade; Also, Looking At Lincoln Holdzkom, Rule V Reliever

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Sorry, I should have posted this last week. I got interrupted by all the Andy Pettitte hoo hah and the Jennings trade.

AND the loss of Russ Springer, don’t let me forget THAT.

Anyhow, Holdzkom is the minor leaguer we picked up in the Rule V draft from the Cubs. Usually, we lose guys. This year, we didn’t.

Lincoln Holdzkom is a 24 soon to be 25 year old righty reliever who was drafted in the 7th round of the 2001 draft by the Marlins, spent a whole lot of time on the DL for the past few years, including Tommy John surgery in 04. He’s never pitched higher than the Southern League AA. Last year, he pitched 32.1 innings with a 1.95 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 2.78 BB/ 9 and 7.52 K/ 9 IP.

He hasn’t done quite so well this winter in the AFL, 20.1 IP over 13 games, with 3 HR, 13 BB and 21K – he gave up 19 runs, 16 earned, for a shiny 7.08 ERA. Yecccccch.
You might could say small sample size, but of course last year in AA was small sample size, too.
Fortunately, he doesn’t have to be added to the roster until after Spring Training (as I understand it) and if I am wrong, well, we can leave Zeke Astacio off the 40 man.

- Now for something completely different – back to the Jennings trade.
Let me say this first – I have NEVER said that Jennings isn’t any good. I KNOW he pitched in Coors.

The question I am trying to answer is this one -
is even one year of a pitcher who pitches exactly like Andy Pettitte did in 06 worth trading 11 years of 2 starting ML pitchers who are 4 years younger and have a lot less experience?
(I would even ask the same question if we had gotten Johan Santana for the same price.)
Yes, I am ignoring Willy Taveras, who is not a good bat and is a slightly above average fielding CF.

I keep hearing – well, if we re-sign Jennings…
What does reup have to do with anything? UNLESS it is a waaaayyyy below market deal type extension AND he pitches like 05 AND neither Hirsh nor Buchholz is any good, then it is not a good deal.

It’s like this – suppose Jennings now signs an extension for 5 years at 55 million (which at the prices crappy starting pitchers are commanding he would be a damm fool to do.) Then we are paying 10 mill a year for 6 years. Suppose he pitches like Pettitte did last year – a 105 ERA+ every year – 210 innings and 33 starts – and this assumes he does not get hurt or get worse as he ages, which is a pretty long long shot.

NOW suppose Hirsh and Buchholz each do the same. The Rockies will get 5 years of Buchholz and 6 years of Hirsh at maybe 25 – 30 mill combined. Then they got 2 guys just as good for half as cheap as the one they let go.

Yeah, who knows how well 2 pitchers will do who have not grown up in the Rockies system and gotten used to pitching at Colorado Springs, or pitching with a humidor baseball. Who knows how well a pitcher will do who has an ERA over 10 in 3 starts at the Box? For all we know, he may be Jose Lima here. I sure don’t want to sign Jennings to a 5 year contract BEFORE he even throws a pitch for the Astros.

As for Willy, who most fans are SERIOUSLY upset about losing, well, I see no reason to think he is going to turn into Willie Mays or Andruw Jones or Vernon Wells, let alone Kenny Lofton. (Anyone besides me notice that Willy can’t steal against lefty pitchers?) IF Biggio goes down and Chris Burke does go to second, we have another singles hitting, no walk, base stealing glove man in AAA named Josh Anderson.

Yeah it WOULD be funny if Willy does turn into Rickey and if I am wrong and he does, I SWEAR I will tell the truth and say I never never thought in a zillion years that he would ever amount to more than Tom Goodwin or Juan Pierre.

12/14/06: The Jennings Trade

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio from the Rockies to the Astros

Willy Taveras, Jason Hirsh and Taylor Buchholz from the Astros to the Rockies.

So what do I think of this trade yall wanna know.
I’m thinking.
I’m thinking.

The thing about trades is because salaries explode after a guy becomes a FA, you can’t just look at the trade the way you could before free agency and long contracts. Even though most people won’t save and refuse to ever think that there is a future beyond the immediate present, you DO have to think about the future. And it sure seems to me that this is something that the Astros are not doing this year.

So let’s try this a different way -
Rockies
- send a starting pitcher starting his 6th year of ML service (FA next year) being paid 5.5 mill (no more years)
- send a relief pitcher, a FA on a 1 year contract, being paid 550K (no more years)

Astros
- send a ML CF starting his 3rd year of ML service – no contract yet, but will be cheap (4 years)
- send a ML starting pitcher starting his second year of ML service, being paid peanuts (5 years)
-send a ML starting pitcher still in his first year of ML service, paid peanuts (6 years)

So the Rockies will have 3 cheap ML ballplayers for over 4 years and the Astros will have no one at the end of the year and will have lost the services of 3 cheap ML ballplayers for 4 years.
You give up 3 good young players for a rent a player when you are going for broke. Does that make sense for the Astros?

Let’s take a look at the players:
1 – Willy Tavares: I’m not so sorry that Willy was gone – he wasn’t that great. Burke and Bruntlett can certainly play center (from what I read, Hunter Pence is not a good fielder, so I think they will eventually put him in right, so he’s not exactly the answer.) Willy is a below average bat, a decent base stealer, a somewhat above average defender and terrrible at hitting with MOB. Career OBA – for a leadoff guy .329 (not too good.) Career OPS .668 and average RCAA over his 2 years of ML ball is -15. Not good offensively, we know. Defensively, as I’ve said before, by most defensive statistics experts have him ranked around 5th of the 16 NL CF. I would bet he’s going to be another Juan Pierre in Coors, but perhaps with a little better success, because he hits more grounders. Hey, guys who can run down fly balls in that big ol outfield are valuable even if they are not good hitters.

2 – Jason Hirsh, age 24, was our AAA pitcher of the year, and has been rated very highly as a rookie for several years. He had, um, a bit more trouble in the bigs – started 9 games, got smashed in 2, did lousy in 3 more, and pretty well in the other 4. But he made some sort of rookie mistake when he was late for some practice or meeting and everyone made a serious big deal out of this – like he wasn’t doin enough of the required rookie fake humility stuff. Me, I think his stuff didn’t look that good, but I would bet serious $$$ that the team was all up set about the “makeup” stuff. Here are his stats – 2.22 HR/9 IP; 4.43 BB/9 IP; 5.84 k/9 IP; 6.04 ERA; 1.57 WHIP over 44.1 IP in 9 GS. Now me, I am not ready to say a pitcher sucks after only 9 ML starts, 4 of them good ones, especially after a really good minor league career, but hey, I guess if you are judged by your dumb rookie mistakes, well then, I guess Jason was a goner. So we have given up 6 years of a guy who was a top prospect here.

3 – Taylor Buchholz, age 25 – well, yall know I think he has absolutely electric stuff. ELECTRIC. Trouble is, that he had problems with a tendon in the finger of his pitching hand – which I did not know about during the year, as well as blisters. He also has a history of shoulder problems, although he was fine last year. I guess I think that if he’s healthy, the Astros are going to regret this deal for years. I guess they have decided that he is most likely NOT going to be healthy and isn’t worth keeping.

Let’s see what we got:
1 – Miguel Asencio, age 26. Was signed by the Phillies as a 17 year old in 98 and was picked in the Rule V draft by the Royals in 02 – was mostly a starter – went 4-7 in 21 GS and 10 in relief over 123.1 IP (which comprises most of the ML innings he has pitched) with a 5.11 ERA; 1.62 WHIP; 1.24 HR/9; 4.67 BB/9; 4.23 K/9. Yep. Lousy. And he was just as lousy in the 48 innings he pitched the next year for the Royals. In 05, he pitched 19 innings in the Padres minor league system. He was then signed as a FA by the Rockies last year, and in AAA, he started 16 games, relieved in 22 more and, well, let’s say he wasn’t any good – 5.03 EA, 1.51 WHIP; 1.05 HR/9; 3.32 BB/9; 5.76 K/9 . He pitched 7.1 innings in Denver and again, he just sucked. I see absolutely ZERO evidence that this guy is any good at ALL – I suppose he is the much vaunted “long reliever” that Purpura, Phil and Drayton thought was gonna be so much better for the team than Russ Springer.
yeah, surrrrrrrrrrrrre. I’ll believe it when I see it.

2 – Jason Jennings, age 28, the 1 year rental. Our new #2 guy. This year only.
Here are his ML stats totals: 58-56 in 156 G with 6 CG and 3 SO – 4.74 ERA, 1.55 WHIP; 0.99 HR/9; 4.06 BB/9; 5.95 K/9.
Here are his ERA+ over the past 5 seasons: 108, 93, 92, 94, 127.
Career RSAA 25 (and 23 of those were from last year.)

He had a good year for the first time ever last year. What has he done for them lately – guess that’s what’s goin on there – 3.78 ERA, 1.37 WHIP; 0.72 HR/9; 3.61 BB/9; 6.03 K/9 IP… (are we being fooled by the low ERA as we were by Tim Redding???!!!)

Well, the Organization sure nuff couldn’t be impressed by his performance vs Houston -
1 – 4 in 6 GS with 1 CG SO over 36.1 IP – 8.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and a .297 BAA
He’s even worse at the Box – trust me on this.

Let’s suppose he really DID replace Andy Pettitte’s line from last year – 14 – 13 in 35 GS over 214.1 IP – 4.20 ERA, 1.44 WHIP; .284 BAA; 108 ERA+
He IS 7 mill cheaper, yeah.

But is 1 year of even Andy Pettitte quality (from last year) really worth giving up 2 ML pitchers who we controlled for 5-6 years each?

Even IF he pitched like Santana, which he’s not gonna do, would he be the ONE “piece of the puzzle” that would put us in the winners circle in the WS? Nope.
I would say this trade is worth it only if Jennings pitches 200 innings of .500 ball AND both Buchholz and Hirsh never ever are worth anything. Ever.

Asencio looks as if he is even worse than Zeke Astacio, if that’s even possible, so “depth in the bullpen” as Purpura is quoted as saying, sounds like piss poor judgement to me.
As I said, unless BOTH Buchholz and Hirsh are complete failures and don’t contribute a thing in the ML after this year, this trade looks like a win for the Rockies.
Why? Because we have to come up with TWO new pitchers next year, instead of none, that’s why. And we are short starters right now, as it is…

UPDATE:
I’ve gotten comments and emails about Jennings saying basically, well, if he is as good as last year and IF he signs an extension like 3 fer 30 mill then this will be good.

He has had ONE good year. That is it. ONE good year. Period. He had a lower ERA last year mostly because of lowering his hits/9 IP from almost 10 to 8.5. Why should we think that he has somehow learned a different pitch, or has improved permanently, instead of thinking that last year was a fluke? Pitchers really DO have fluke years, just as hitters do (see Kevin Millwood…)

And WHY would Jason Jennings sign an elcheapo contract like 3 years for 30 mill right now instead of testing the FA market, as he told the Rockies he was going to do? For goodness sakes, Gil Freaking Meche, who isn’t near as durable or as good, got FIVE freaking years for 55 mill. Jennings would be out of his freaking mind to sign a contract like that, and I would bet his agent isn’t a dummy, neither.

AND please remember we ALREADY are committed to spending 39.5 mill on 3 guys BEFORE we spend another penny on anything else AND we have only 2 good young players left in the high minors and that is ALL we have in the farm, which, to be honest, is flat out lousy…

Twisted Carols For Astros Christmas 2006

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Yesterday was Christmas Cookie Day.

Christmas Cookies is what you make when you have a WHOLE lotta friends and relatives and you just can’t really afford presents that are expensive. Also, when you have 3 little bossy elves to cut out the shapes and put the frosting on (on the cookie, NOT in the mouth, NOT in brother’s hair, not on the Dog noses…)

So after the zillion dozen finally out of the oven and in their tins (left AFTER grubby little fingers “accidentally” forget not to lick fingers before putting the raisins on the gingerbread boy, then put them on the table, refrigerator, wall – after they, um, taste test a few dozen) and AFTER I finally get tired, wired sugared up kidz into the bath then bed, it’s time to relax with a few songs…

Deck the Box with crappy FA
fa la la la la
la la la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Tis the season to go crazaay
fa la la la la
la la la laaaaaaaaaaaaa
Jack we now the ticket prices
fa la la la la
la la la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Any excuse it suffices
fa la la la la
la la lahhhh laaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!

BAH HUMBUG!!!!
Enuf Christmas “Cheer.”
Let’s check out some rap
cuz
me so ornery
me so ornery

“Will the Damm Fool Stros Fans Please Stand Up?” (apologies to Eminem)

May I have your attention please?
May I have your attention please?
Will the damm fool Stros fans please stand up?
I repeat, will the damm fool Stros fans please stand up?
We’re gonna have a problem here..
So, will the real Stros fans please stand up?
And put one of those fingers on each hand up?
And be proud to be outta your mind and outta control
and one more time, loud as you can, how does it go?

“Player Got Back” (apologies to Sir Mix-a-Lot)

Oh, my, god.
Selig, look at that contract
It is SO big.
*choke*
It looks like,
one of those Boras big deals.
But, y’know, who understands those owners?
*scoff*
They only talk to him, because,
He looks like a total package, ‘kay?
[Owner]
I like big bats and I can not lie
You other owners can’t deny
That when a playa walks in with a big BA
And homers for your place
You wallet get sprung
Wanna pull out your dough
‘Cause you notice that his K’s are low
Oh Carlos Lee I wanna get wit’cha
And take your picture
in an Astros Uni
My GM tried to warn me you not toolish
But with that bat you got makes me act so foolish
So use me, use me
‘Cause you ain’t that average group A
I’m tired of stat geeks
Sayin’ OPS the thing
Take the average Astros fan and ask them that
He gotta pack much bat
Player Got Bat!!

“FA In The Candy Shop” (apologies to 50 Cent)

[crappy FA]
Feels like I’m in a candy shop
Let’s see who can come out on top
Go ahead teams, don’t you stop
Keep going ’til you hit the spot haha
Imagining what you think I got
Will have you spending all you got
Keep bidding till you reach the top
Dontchu look away now whoaaaaa

“Spend” (apologies to Salt N Pepa)
[owner]
Ooooooooooooh Yeah, I Wanna Spend, On Pitchers,
Spend
Spend and spend
Spend and spend and spend and spend
Here I go,
Here I go
Here I go again
Yall what’s my weakness?
SPEND
Ok then, chillin’, chillin’, mindin’ my business
Yall I looked around, and I couldn’t believe this
I swear, I stared,
GM my witness
That pitcher had it goin’ on with somethin’ kinda…uh
Wicked, wicked (oooo) – had to kick it
He not shy so he asked for the digits
So? No, that don’t make me
See what I should
So I wondered if I could
Sign him for a lot
So I dipped back to my bag of tricks
Then I flipped for a six,
Make me wanna pay bucks for him
Pay him like a #1 should be paid
Couldn’t come to my senses
Tried to chill for a bit
Don’t know he you do
the voodoo that he do
So well it’s a spell, hell,
makes me wanna spend spend spend…

And speaking of spend
STILL no idea what we are gonna do for starters…

12/8/06: Not So Good Buy Andy Pettitte

Friday, December 8th, 2006

I don’t guess we will ever be sure what the real story is here, but Andy Pettitte signed a 1 year contract for 16 million to play with the Yankees. Best I understand, Drayton offered him 12 mill and would not budge a penny – this from a guy who happily paid the outrageous sum of 16 mill a year for 6 years for a fat mediocre “slugger.”

Maybe it was personal – he didn’t like Andy pulling a Roger because Andy ain’t no Roger.
But fer sher, we’re either gonna have to pray our kid starters have a much better second year – or we’re going to trade for some gonna #3 or 4 type guy – maybe FA next year like Jason Jennings or 22 mill for 2 years Jon Garland…

Jayson Stark was, um, suggesting???!!! that Buddy Boy chewed a giant hole in Drayton’s butt for signing Carlos Lee – (Bud must be chewing an AWFUL lot these days – can you imagine what he must have said to David Glass for signing Gil Crap Meche???) and maybe Drayton just didn’t wanna hear it from Bud again. I’m sure Bud has long since given up trying to chew Steinbrenner for signing FA to ridiculous contracts.

Now I guess we’ll have to see if all the pundits are right and Roger follows him back Up There… Ida know about that – he IS 44 years old and that is a LOT older than Andy’s 34. But we need to just go on and get ready for next year without all that drama again.

And let’s not forget that Drayton and Tim threw Russ Springer out on his ass (we leave him and the Cards pull up quick to retrieve him) because he can only pitch one inning and so they have replaced him with a really really good cheap long reliever named
named
um
well, no plan yet, but there are SO many good cheap long relievers and LOOGYs out there like
um
uh
well, just because I can’t think of one does not mean we can’t pull some guy from our rich plentiful farm system like
such as
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nevermind…

2006 Winter Meetings And Gossip 12/7/06

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Well, the Astros have done nothing since signing Lee and Williams except refuse arbitration to Clemens, Pettitte, Bagwell and Springer.

I was quite surprised to read that Purpura doesn’t have much interest in Springer because he isn’t good for more than 1 inning and that they want relievers who can go more than one inning. Not real too many relievers go more than one inning – guys like Borkowski are the exception, not the rule. (By the way, I was wrong about him being a FA – he is arb eligible this year.) This makes me worry a LOT that they will stupidly sign a piece of crap like Gil Meche and waste Chris Sampson in mopup/long relief.

Rumor has it that there was a talk about trading Jason Jennings (his last year before FA) for Jason Hirsh (5 years before FA) plus Chris Burke (4 years before FA). Which would be really really stupid. Jennings refused to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, saying he was going to test FA next year – he would be CRAZY not to since crappy pitchers like Eaton are getting 8 mill a year for 3 years, so why on earth should we just give up 2 good cheap players for one guy who will be gone at the end of the year?

IF Jennings was truly the “final piece of the puzzle” that would be different, but he most certainly is not. I know there are a whole lot of Astros fans out there who really do think we should trade away every single good cheap young player we have for guys in their last year of FA such as Vernon Wells or Jason Jennings, without thinking it is necessary to answer crazy questions like – if we have no cheap young players left at the end of the year and we have all these guys who are FA, exactly how are we going to fill all the holes in the 25 man NEXT year??? This is like getting a paycheck the last day of the month and running out and spending it all on 3 pairs of shoes without even asking how are you gonna pay the rent or food?

And as for trading for Carl Crawford – well, the D-Rays most certainly DO want young pitching, which we DO have.
Let’s take a look at Carl’s contract (he would have been a FA in 09)
(thank you Cot’s)
07:$4M
08:$5.25M
09:$8.25M club option ($2.5M buyout)
10:$10M club option ($1.25M buyout)
2010 salary may increase to $11.5M with incentives

He’s a great hitter, fielder and runner and can play center and play it well.
Remember that the D-Rays have Gerry Hunsicker and he knows this club and he knows Drayton all too well. So who do you think we would have to give up for Carl? And they don’t want Mo Ensberg because they’re about to sign Iwamura. They don’t want Adam Everett to play short – they already have BJ Upton who has the lead glove and gold bat just starting out. They are drowning in good young OF and they don’t need Willy Taveras neither and aren’t as dumb as Astros fans who think he’s sooooooo great, neither.

So here are our cheap good young pitchers:
Nieve, Hirsh, Sampson, Albers, Buchholz, Wheeler, Qualls, Borkowski, Patton;
and here are cheap young not so good pitchers:
Wandy, Zeke Astacio, Barthmaier, Paul Estrada, Juan Gutierrez, McLemore, Paulino Del Guidice (who is blowing chunks in winter ball, by the way);
and young pitchers not so cheap:
Roy, Lidge, Miller (who is on the untradable list right next to Roy because he’s a LOOGY),

We have 3 good young position players or prospects – Chris Burke, Luke Scott and Hunter Pence (LF). We also have Jason Lane as a backup RH OF who will probably be trade bait, but of course not to the Rays.

In fact, here are the Astros 10 top prospects – from www.TopProspectAlert.com:
#1. Jason Hirsh (25) Pitcher
Houston (MLB) 44.2IP 3-4 6.04ERA 29K
Round Rock (AAA) 137.1IP 13-2 2.10ERA 118K
#2. Hunter Pence (23) Outfield
Corpus Christi (AA) 136 Games .283 28HR 95RBI
#3. Troy Patton (21) Pitcher
Corpus Christi (AA) 45.1IP 2-5 4.37ERA 37K
Salem (High-A) 101.1IP 7-7 2.93ERA 102K
#4. Matt Albers (24) Pitcher
Houston (MLB) 15IP 0-2 6.00ERA 11K
Round Rock (AAA) 25IP 2-1 3.96ERA 26K
Corpus Christi (AA) 116IP 10-2 2.17ERA 95K
#5. Jimmy Barthmaier (23) Pitcher
Salem (High-A) 146.2IP 11-8 3.62ERA 134K
#6. Justin Towles (23) Catcher
Lexington (Low-A) 81 Games .317 12HR 55RBI
#7. Eli Iorg (24) Outfield
Lexington (Low-A) 125 Games .256 15HR 85RBI 42SB
#8. Felipe Paulino (23) Pitcher
Lexington (Low-A) 126.1IP 9-7 4.35ERA 91K
#9. Juan Gutierrez (23) Pitcher
Corpus Christi (AA) 103.2IP 8-4 3.04ERA 106K
#10. Sergio Perez (22) Pitcher
Lexington (Low-A) 16.1IP 3-0 2.20ERA 21K

Now. Seriously, understanding that Lidge, Roy and Miller are not going ANYwhere and that our rotation consists of Roy and a bunch of other guys, exactly WHO is it yall think we got to trade for Carl Crawford???

And please don’t think this means I don’t want Carl Crawford – I would rather have had him than Carlos Lee fer SHER. And now that we have sunk all that dough in him (and yes, I do mean sunk) we can’t afford to get rid of all our cheap players because we can’t afford to run the team on FA, given what they are costing.

And by the way, for all the Astros fans who think Willy Taveras is sooooooo wonderful and untradeable because of his glove and bat and Adam Everett sucks because of his bat and who even cares about his bat, here’s a few stats:
- Adam Everett: last year – .642 OPS, 59 RBIs from the 8 hole and the best glove in the NL no question
- Willy Taveras: last year – .672 OPS, 30 RBIs from the #1 or #2 hole – dude only hits with bases empty, 1 or 2 outs. And he wasn’t even in the top 3 in the NL CF as a fielder by anyone’s measurement.

We need a RF, at least 1 starting pitcher and Phil wants another LOOGY. Jose Guillen just signed with the Mariners (rats) but Craig Wilson is still available. Of course the vocal Stros fans will hate him because he strikes out instead of grounding out like a Real Man like Carlos Lee.

And as for a SP, well, there already aren’t enough of em. When junk like Gil Meche is demanding over 10 mill a year and gonna get it, well, I don’t think real too many teams are looking to trade their few young, good, cheap pitchers for what little the Astros DO have, and trading a few of ours for a cruddy 1 year rental like Freddy Garcia is, well, dumb.

Now I read that a LOT of people think San Diego WANTS to trade Jake Peavy -
here are the pitchers on the Padres’ roster besides Peavy:
Greg Maddux
Mike Adams
Heath Bell
Andrew Brown
Scott Cassidy
Justin Hampson
Clay Hensley
Trevor Hoffman
Ryan Ketchner
Scott Linebrink
Cla Meredith
Royce Ring
Leonel Rosales
Tim Stauffer
Scott Strickland
Mike Thompson
Sean Thompson
Jared Wells
Chris Young
after you get rid of Peavy, you have Chris Young, The Professor, Clay Hensley and and and
They would want to get rid of a guy who had a down year, but had been an ace for 3 years straight WHY?

And if they think that they don’t want him now, we should wonder why…

Good news for people looking for a young cheap catcher who can hit bettern Brad Ausmus – The Giants have signed 32 year old Bengie Molasses to a 3 year contract, so they won’t really have much use for the young whippersnapper gonna be 28 year old Elizier Alfonso – he DOES hit bettern Brad Ausmus (my granma in a wheelchair does too…)
.266 BA; .302 OBP; .465 SLG; .767 OPS
and I would bet we probably could get him for Jason Lane who just might could be old enough for the Giants at age 32. (Yeah I know too many folks out there are demanding a catcher who is Johnny Bench 74/75, but cmon, get real…)

And I DO appreciate not getting any more emails telling me Purpura sucks because he “won’t” trade Lidge, Hirsh, Ensberg and Lane for Cabrera and Willis…

12/6/06: The Daily What Will Andy Pettitte DO??? Astros Or Yankees Soap Opera

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Newsflash!!!
Andy Pettitte has decided he will pitch in 2007.

Whereever shall he go?
Stay home (which is what his wife undoubtedly wants) or go back to NY (which is what the media undoubtedly wants.)

Andy’s been spoiled rotten by having a great defensive infield. Would he really want to swap Adam Everett and Mo Ensberg for (gag) “Gold Glovers” Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez? Well, they most certainly DO have better bats, fer SHER. Does Andy want to swap wins for adding 2 points to his ERA? He DID give up a LOT of homers last year and they were not all exactly Crawford Box el-cheapos.

And if he goes back UpThere, he will have to deal with The Media again, which he hasn’t had to do for 3 long years now. He will have the pressure of being the #1 starter, as well.
Tom Verducci says that sources close to the People Who Know say Andy is close to signing a contract with the Yankees – 2 years for 26 mill.

I do not believe there is ANY way the Stros will not match that if it is true. So money won’t be stopping the team that threw 100 million at a mediocre bag of fat like Carlos Lee. If Andy goes to NY, it won’t be for the money or because he wants to get a Ring.