(to any of all yall who read the previous entry posted here, sorry – not sure how on earth that happened, except that maybe I am still not quite myself after being sick for almost a week…)
Anyway, the Astros and Moehler had a mutual option for 2010, meaning that either party could pick up the option, and Moehler wanted to come back. (I’ll be reviewing Moehler’s year in a later entry – the Astros Starters Review.) Moehler should be in better shape after having his knee scoped and fixed up.
I don’t really have a problem with this – he is satisfactory as a #5 guy/long reliever/spot starter and that is a VERY useful person to have on a pitching staff, especially IF the astros are serious about giving the young pitchers any sort of chance. Young guys are gonna have BAD days. Unless they are Roy Oswalt, and not everyone is Roy Oswalt.
3 mill is really not an excessive payment for a reasonably reliable swingman. Unfortunately.
I know I’m gonna hear about how I could fer SHER find some minor leaguer who could do the exact same job, but I’m gonna remind you about Bazardo/Wilton Lopez and ask if you REALLY think those guys are really reliable 5th guys/swingmen.
I will remind you that these days, fans are extremely demanding and don’t think that young players actually NEED development time, that they should all be Ryan Braun/Evan Longorias. Well, they aren’t – see, for example, Michael Bourn. Cooper didn’t want him last year (remember all the fuss about wanting him platooned with Reggie Abercrombie, replacing him with Darin Erstad) and the ONLY reason he didn’t get JR Towlesed is because he had Ed Wade in his corner. And Bourn most definitely improved this year. Not that he doesn’t have some holes, mind, never said he didn’t, but he surely did a LOT better than he would have if he had been sent back to AAA to rot in favor of The Gritmeister.
And, by the way, I SERIOUSLY doubt that Drayton is gonna fork out for some FA pitcher’s multi-year contract. He might could go after Ben Sheets, if he’s cheap enough, or try out Wesley Wright as a starter instead. Forget Lackey.
I get amused by all the people who INSIST that Drayton sell the team to some rich guy who has no interest in the team as a business – doesn’t care if he loses money – his OWN money every year, just so long as the team wins. Oh – and he will stay completely in the background and let baseball guys run everything.
Like, who IS this masked man? What billionaire really REALLY has no problem losing HIS OWN MONEY every year on a sports team?
After all yall find thismysterious guy, you mind giving Grady Sizemore my phone number? For once, I’d like to be shivering from some other cause besides this stupid virus…