This was the first arb case for the Astros since Darryl Kile beat them in 1997. I really wasn’t surprised that the Astros won this one because Valverde had only one really outstanding year, let alone one year as a closer and that was last year.
Also, Valverde is a stranger to the Organization and will be traded sometime in the next 2 years, or let go as a FA. They don’t particularly care about his feelings toward the Organization, as they would, say, Hunter Pence, and they don’t worry that Valverde would dog it or sulk because it would seriously affect his future salaries, even if they aren’t with the Astros.
Loretta’s arb case is on Monday, and I would bet they will have a tougher time winning that one, as they only want to give him a small raise after his performance last year. However, he’s asking for almost twice his last year’s salary, so it is gonna be interesting. If I was a betting woman, I’d give the Astros a 60:40 advantage simply because Tal Smith made himself a very good living helping owners win arb cases.
Still no word on whether or not the Astros will sign Shawn Chacon who will, if he is signed (best I can tell) replace Chris Sampson on the 25 man. Poor Chris – it’s not like he’d be replaced by a better pitcher, just a more expensive one. If Chacon gets signed, I’ll go from there.
You want to know how the puppies are doing, don’t you? Glad you asked. Since we won’t be keeping any of em and it seemed, well, cold to just call them 1,2,3,4 and 5, I thought it would be good to name them after the Astros who left the team. So we have Adam Pup E Dog, Bradley Pup E Dog, Chris Pup E Dog, Morgan Pup E Dog and Luke Dog E Dog. And however did yall guess that Mr. NO MORE DOGS!!! is gonna be doing more than a few feedings tonight???