Archive for February, 2013

2/4/13: The Astros Have No Shortstop Now That Lowrie Got The Ol Heave-Ho

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Jed Lowrie is gone. Not surprised – his almost 2 million dollar salary was a HUGE drag on the team. We are now down to one actual major league player, Jose Altuve.

Not surprised he’s gone – traded with Froddy (Fernando Rodriguez) to Oakland for Chris Carter (now labeled as a first baseman), minor league catcher Max Stasso and RHP Brad Peacock.

I wouldn’t be surprised if trader Billy flips him for someone else because they JUST signed a Japanese import, Hiro, Nakajima (think Kaz Matsui – on the other hand, no, don’t) to play short – that is, unless they are gonna move him to second, get rid of Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore, and play Crystal Lowrie at short.

Anyway,

Chris Carter, RN, age 26 – the name sounded vaguely familiar, but I had thought the one I remembered was an OF, and indeed he was. He was one of those highly pimped guys that Billy Beane was supposed to have cleverly snatched from some GM – then I disremember hearing about him ever again. He was drafted in the 16th round in the 05 draft by the White Sox, who traded him in 07 to the DBax for Carlos Quentin (another guy who sank beneath the waves) and then was traded with a bunch of guys to Oakland for Danny Haren, who had gotten too expensive.

He came up in 2010 as a LF for 28 games, had a 59 OPS+ and went back to the minors. Apparently, his fielding was bad enough at age 23 to move him to 1B, and in 15 games in 2011, he had a negative OPS+ of 12. Really. Last year, in 67 games over 260 PA, he hit .236/.350/.514 for a 137 OPS+

He has spent most of the past 3 years at AAA, where has has posted an .880 OPS over 1277 PA. Like, you know, big deal.

Brad Peacock, age 25, RHP, was drafted in the 41st round of the 06 draft, but didn’t sign until May of 07. Really. He got traded after the 2011 season (12 IP in the majors) to Oakland in the AJ Cole deal. He spent all last year at AAA, posting a sparkling 6.01 ERA over 136 IP – 25 GS and 3 in relief, with 4.3 BB/9, 9.2 K/9 and 1.1 HR/9 and 9.8 H/9.

He threw 9 games over 45 innings the previous year at AAA – you notice this is not even 6 IP/GS, but had a lower ERA/WHIP because his hits/9 was 6.8 instead of 9.7 – the BB, HR and K numbers were the same.

Why this guy is considered some kind of prospect I have no idea – I guess he must throw hard and we all know that speed kills. He’s not in the top 100 prospects.

The last guy is Max Stassi, a (almost) 22 year old catcher who was the Atletic’s 4th rounder in 09. He’s built like Humberto Quintero, and Max posted .268/.331/.468 at high A Cali League. He’s not on any As top 10 list I can find.

So it looks like a salary dump to me, seeing as how our shortstops are now – and I am not kidding – Tyler Greene and Marwin Gonzalez. And all yall thought the days of Adam Everett were terrible? REALLY?