A-Rod and his enormous ego, I mean contract, has taken 99% of the baseball space since the last day of the WS, but he’s back in Yankeeland where his ego can best be stroked. Goody for him.
Back to Astros. As all yall know, after ballplayers serve 6 years in the minors, they become free agents, they just don’t command A-Rod salaries. Every now and then, one is picked from obscurity and contributes to a ML roster, just not often because these are the Cody Ransom type guys who populate the AAA lifers list. And some guys are old major leaguers who lost it and can’t bring themselves to retire from baseball, such as Rheal Cormier, who I bring up because I am terrified that Ed Wade will see his old bud and sign him for 3 years/12 mill or something.
I am always surprised by how many guys I see on these lists every years who were first rounders who never made the bogs, like Bobby Brownlie. Or brief shooting stars who were even ML All-Stars, like Ken Harvey (no I am NOT kidding.) Or guys who were good, got hurt, and never were able to regain their previous form, like Zach Day.
See if any of yall can find anyone on this list you would want the Astros to offer a Spring Training invite or even minor league contract to. In my opinion, the best of the lot is Tim Raines, Jr. and we ALREADY know what the Organization thinks of him…
Amazing how few second basemen there are on this list. Remember when Junior Spivey was supposed to be the next Jeff Kent (bat, not personality?)
I also looked through the list of lefties to see if there might could be anyone besides Phil Barzilla. I think that perhaps Brian Shackelford might work as a LOOGY.
Personally, I think we have enough AAAA/#5 type starters that we don’t need to waste money on a lot of expensive middle relievers, but I definitely DO know Ed Wade’s weakness.
Here is the list from Baseball America, rearranged and alphabetized.
1B: Andy Abad, Jeff Bailey, Kevin Barker, Brett Bonvechio, Tagg Bozied, Gary Burnham, Michael Collins, Erubiel Durazo, Jeff Eure, Mike Eylward, John Gall, Jesse Gutierrez, Ken Harvey, Luis Jimenez, Michael Johnson, Lance Niekro, Valentino Pascucci, Aaron Rifkin, Casey Rogowski, Randy Ruiz, Todd Sears, Earl Snyder, Andy Tracy, John Urick, Tyler Von Schell
2B: Brent Abernathy, William Bergolla, Jason Bourgeois, Brent Butler, Gary Cates, Brooks Conrad, J.E. Cruz, Dan Dement, Jesse Garcia, Jake Gautreau, Carlos Leon, Derin McMains, Frank Menechino, Lorenzo Mercado, Adam Morrissey, Peeter Ramos, Drew Saylor, Bobby Scales, Steven Smith, Junior Spivey, Greg Thissen
SS: Manny Alexander, Jason Alfaro, Jeff Bannon, Chris Barnwell, Wilson Batista, Andres Blanco, Andy Cannizaro, Angel Chavez, Brandon Chaves, Caonabo Cosme, Gookie Dawkins, Melvin Dorta, Trent Durrington, Matt Erickson, Felix Fermin, Osvaldo Fernandez, Rodney Choy Foo, Tony Granadillo, Javier Guzman, Bo Hart, Jose Hernandez, Aaron Herr, Mark Kiger, Danny Klassen, John Labandeira, Anderson Machado, Dave Matranga, Manny Mayorson, Henry Mateo, Anthony Medrano, Victor Mercedes, Ronnie Merrill, John Nelson, Tim Olson, Gary Patchett, Kenny Perez, Tomas Perez, John Raburn, Argenis Reyes, Eric Riggs, Ed Rogers, Mike Rouse, Rex Rundgren, Oscar Salazar, Jose Santos, Luis Sierra, Gil Velazquez, Rico Washington, Derek Wathan, Marcos Yepez
3B: Bryan Bass, Tony Blanco, Jolbert Cabrera, Yurendell de Caster, Luis Castillo, Mike Cervenak, Julio Cordido, Rob Cosby, Keith Ginter, Joey Hammond, Brett Harper, Vince Harrison, John Hattig, Royce Huffman, Russ Johnson, Tripper Johnson, Brennan King, Mike Kinkade, Justin Leone, Carlos Mendoza, Marshall McDougall, Jeff Nettles, Luis Ordaz, Doug Reinhardt, Juan Richardson, Mayo Santana, Scott Seabol, Aaron Sisk, Fernando Tatis, Terry Tiffee, Chris Truby, Glenn Williams
C: Danny Ardoin, Alan Atacho, Ben Blumenthal, Jean Boscan, Juan Brito, Jason Brown, Ciro Caldera, Raul Chavez, Ryan Christianson, Cody Collet, Alberto Conception, Reece Creswell, Einar Diaz, Tommy Duenas, Brian Esposito, Omar Falcon, Danny Fatheree, Iker Franco, Jeremy Frost, Hector Gimenez, Wiki Gonzalez, Todd Greene, Edwards Guzman, Brandon Harper, Justin Hatcher, Chris Haupt, Michel Hernandez, Jason Hill, Stephen Holm, Ken Huckaby, Craig Hurba, Josh Johnson, Mark Johnson, Justin Knoedler, Fernando Lunar, Mike Mahoney, Salomon Manriquez, Octavio Martinez, Sandy Martinez, Carlos Mendez, Corky Miller, Chad Moeller, Gustavo Molina, Corey Myers, Denny Nino, Luis Oliveros, Dave Parrish, Salvador Paniagua, Miguel Perez, Brian Peterson, Jose Reyes, Rene Rivera, Joel Roa, Nelson Robledo, Mike Rose, Danilo Sanchez, Tino Sanchez, Omir Santos, Dane Sardinha, Ray Serrano, Ryan Smith, Steve Torrealba, Dusty Wathan, Eli Whiteside
OF: Chris Aguila, Cory Aldridge, Matt Allegra, Erold Andrus, Chris Ashby, Brooks Badeaux, Jarred Ball, Peter Bergeron, Larry Bigbie, Joe Borchard, Shaun Boyd, Josh Burrus, Vic Buttler, Francisco Caraballo, Matt Cepicky, Ender Chavez, Doug Clark, Jeremy Cleveland, Ambiorix Conception, Brad Correll, Jorge Cortes, Elvis Cruz, Jose Cruz, Ron Davenport, Frank Diaz, Jason Dubois, David Espinoza, Jesus Feliciano, Alex Fernandez, Jason Fransz, Rapheal Freeman, Steve Garrabrants, Shawn Garrett, Archie Gilbert, Tyrel Godwin, Adam Greenberg, Rudy Guillen, Noah Hall, Chad Hermanson, Luke Hetherington, Nic Jackson, Greg Jacobs, Onil Joseph, Kenny Kelly, Cory Keylor, Rubi Koko, George Lombard, Jose Macias, Dennis Malave, Alexis Marte, Luis Matos, Bill McCarthy, Brandon McConnell, Matt Meath, Jackson Melian, Angel Molina, Luis Montanez, Chad Mottola, Tommy Murphy, Miguel Negron, Abraham Nunez, Trent Oltjen, Jeremy Owens, Jonel Pacheco, Matt Padgett, Jorge Padilla, Greg Porter, Curtis Pride, Tim Raines, Jr., Yordany Ramirez, Prentice Redman, Kevin Reese, Chris Richard, Arturo Rivas, J.D. Roberts, Michael Rodriguez, Yuber Rodriguez, Brett Roneberg, Wilkin Ruan, Jim Rushford, Michael Ryan, Ray Sadler, Alex Sanchez, Adam Shabala, Sean Smith, Carlos Sosa, Jamal Strong, Ovandy Suero, Pedro Swann, Charles Thomas, Rich Thompson, Andres Torres, Jonathan Van Every, Mike Vento, Jon Weber, Anthony Webster, Barry Wesson, Kevin West, Marland Williams, Craig Wilson, Ruddy Yan, Ernie Young
RHP: Paul Abraham, Richard Acosta, Carlos Almanzar, Basilio Alvarez, Steve Andrade, Rick Asadoorian, Jonathan Asahina, Ezequiel Astacio, Ryan Baerlocher, Federico Baez, Eddy Baeza, Jeff Bajenaru, Chris Baker, Cory Bailey, Brad Baker, John Barnes, Derek Barrows, Brian Bass, Rick Bauer, Kenny Baugh, Jentry Beckstead, Cibney Bello, Francis Beltran, Yesson Berroa, Ivan Blanco, Carlos Bohorquez, Henry Bonilla, Kip Bouknight, Dewon Brazelton, Michael Bumstead, Hector Carrasco, Hugo Castellanos, Ken Chenard, Mark Corey, Tristan Crawford, Zach Day, Eddie de la Cruz, Julio de la Cruz, Noel de Leon, Richard de los Santos, Dan Denham, Felix Diaz, Jose Diaz, R.A. Dickey, Jake Dittler, Juan Done, Rich Dorman, Chris Farley, Jeff Farnsworth, Josh Fields, Daniel Foli, Jesse Foppert, Jeff Fulchino, Chris Fussell, Angel Garcia, Felipe Garcia, Rosman Garcia, Franklyn German, Brian Gordon, Dan Giese, Roberto Giron, Steve Green, Lee Gronkiewicz, Kevin Gryboski, Marcus Gwyn, Luther Hackman, Beau Hale, Josh Hall, Chad Harville, Ben Hendrickson, Matt Hensley, Buddy Hernandez, Joe Hietpas, Carlos Hines, Trey Hodges, Ben Howard, Travis Hughes, David Humen, Yusaku Iriki, Landon Jacobsen, Jeremy Johnson, William Juarez, Donald Julio, Jason Karnuth, Steven Kelly, Beau Kemp, Tim Kester, Sun Woo Kim, Matt Kinney, Gary Knotts, Mike Koplove, Tim Lavigne, Brian Lawrence, Justin Lehr, Pedro Liriano, Spike Lundberg, Warner Madrigal, Jim Magrane, Pat Mahomes, Anastacio Martinez, Roman Martinez, Tim McClaskey, Zach McClellan, Alex McRobbie, German Melendez, Josh Miller, Alan Mills, Andy Mitchell, Victor Moreno, Cory Morris, T.J. Nall, Clint Nageotte, Mike Nannini, Blaine Neal, Bubba Nelson, Javier Nieves, Sandy Nin, Vladimir Nunez, Wes Obermueller, Alvis Ojeda, Jose Paniagua, Scott Patterson, Tony Peguero,† Marcelo Perez, Vince Perkins, Matt Peterson, Cliff Politte, Justin Pope, Bret Prinz, Corey Ragsdale, Aaron Rakers, Elizardo Ramirez, Ismael Ramirez, Sendy Rleal, Raul Rivas, Jason Roach, Jake Robbins, Eddy Rodriguez, Jose Rodriguez, Chris Rojas, Orlando Roman, Felix Romero, Levi Romero, Chris Russ, Dushan Ruzic, Brian Sanches, Julio Sanchez, Juan Sandoval, Jose Santiago, Arthur Santos, Mike Schultz, Jonathan Searles, Alex Serrano, Jimmy Serrano, Steven Shell, Eduardo Sierra, Jesus Silva, Alfredo Simon, Mike Smith, Jud Songster, Matt Sweeney, Dennis Tankersley, Ferdin Tejeda, Mike Thompson, Corey Thurman, Heath Totten, Geurys Trinidad, Scott Tyler, Edward Valdez, Luis Valdez, Rafael Vargas, Jorge Vasquez, Ronnie Ventura, Doug Waechter, John Wasdin, Jim Ed Warden, Steve Watkins, Charles Weatherby, John Webb, John Wesley, Wes Wilkerson, Jerome Williams, Todd Williams, Jim Wladyka, Jason Wylie, Jeremy Zick, Rob Zimmermann, Alec Zumwalt
LHP: Oscar Alvarez, Phillip Barzilla, Jonathan Beltre, Tim Bittner, Eude Brito, Frank Brooks, Adrian Burnside, Troy Cate, Juan Cedeno, Brandon Claussen, Michael Connolly, Jon Connolly, Rheal Cormier, Adam Cox, Eric Cyr, Vic Darensbourg, Allen Davis, Eric Dubose, Shawn Estes, Casey Fossum, Mike Gallo, Dave Gassner, Chris George, Mariano Gomez, Luis Gonzalez, Hipolito Guerrero, Lindsay Gulin, Mike Hinckley, Ben Julianel, Chris Key, Ryan Knippschild, Ben Kozlowski, Robert Lee, Wes Letson, Jeremy Lewis, Arturo Lopez, Nikolas Lubisich, Corwin Malone, Charlie Manning, Jo Matumoto, Blake McGinley, Ricardo Morales, Ryan O’Malley, Chris Michalak, Chris Narveson, Jose Ortiz, Ian Ostlund, Carlos Perez, Adam Pettyjohn, Paulino Reynoso, Scott Rice, Matt Riley, Ricardo Rincon, Scott Sauerbeck, Brian Shackelford, Enyelbert Soto, Michael Tejera, Brad Thomas, Joe Torres, Raul Valdes, Mike Venafro, Luis Villareal, Jason Waddell, Kevin Walker, Chris Waters, Cory Willey, Randy Williams, Ryan Wing