12/5/12: Astros FINALLY Manage To Dump Wilton Lopez

Good thing they got rid of that onerous 2 million dollar contract!!!

Wilton is off to the Rockies with a PTBNL!!! and we’re getting really lousy starter Alex White and some A ball guy who isn’t on any of the top prospect lists I can find. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???

Alex White, age 24, was the Indians first rounder in 09 and he was traded to the Rox as part of the Ubaldo Jiminez trade. You talk about an ace who just fell offn a cliff along with Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hansen. In 2011, he had a nice 7.01 ERA between Cleveland and Colorado over 38 innings and he had a vast improvement last year. Started 20 games and 3 in relief over 98 IP with a sparkling 5.51 ERA. He boasts a 10.5 hits/9, 1.2 HR/9, 4.7 BB/9 and 5.9 K/9.

He’s thrown a grand total of  84.1 innings at AAA with a 3.20 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 7.8 H/9, 0.4 HR/9, 3.4 BB/9 and 6.7 K/9.

Looks like The Missing Piece Of The Puzzle to me, hows about all yall? Especially as  I hear tell that Luhnow is trying to dump Bud Norris (arb eligible, what a shock. He’ll make more than 500K.)

I guess Kevin Goldstein must know something that isn’t in the stats.

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14 Responses to “12/5/12: Astros FINALLY Manage To Dump Wilton Lopez”

  1. Raúl says:

    Is Miguel Ascencio (part of the Jennings trade) still available? :/

  2. Lisa Gray says:

    he didn’t even make it a year.
    wilton lopez was one of ed wade’s many good relief pitcher pickups.

    alex white. jeeezus kereist. the guy only has 2 pitches and doesn’t throw either one for strikes well. maybe they really ARE aiming for The Sacred All Time Loss Record

  3. Steve says:

    I presume the plan is to take the money to pay off the debt, which will enable a huge profit on the sale of the club in the future. Selig doesn’t care — he got his wish to move his team to the NL and screw the Astros, forcing them to walk away from their history and play all their games late and far away. It’s stupid, idiotic, and makes fans switch to football faster than light. If the Rockets get it together, then fuggettaboutit. I’m very sad that a very good team, scouts, farm system and infrastructure was dismantled for greed. I’m not surprised, of course. Just sad.

  4. Gray Jay says:

    I was wondering what you all thought of the trade… LOL.

    Seriously, I looked at baseball reference, then read the Comical’s comments on the trade and thought I’d fallen into Bizzaro-land. Seriously, you dump a 185 ERA+, 1.04 WHIP guy (pitching for this team!) for a guy who’d been lucky to get 87 ERA+ and a 1.68 WHIP (and an estimated $1M +, if BBRef is to be believed) and have the balls to call this a Moneyball move?!

    It’s a wonder that lightning doesn’t strike Minute Maid and the Astros’ offices until they burn down, with chutzpah like that.

    Steve, the sad thing to me is that people like Lisa (and Forbes, and Maury from Biz of Baseball) have been pointing what you’ve been saying out for the last year and a half, and it’s like shouting into the Grand Canyon, for all the good it’s done. The major media in this town does not care, and will not acknowledge your points when you hold them up to their faces.

    It’s killed my interest in the Astros, and since the NBA is one step above pro wrestling at this point…oh well, it just means more time and interest can now be spent on the important people in my life, instead of watching this garbage that calls itself an MLB club.

  5. Ralph says:

    I’m just going to cut out the eye holes now to my brown paper bag. Trade Altuve so he doesn’t waste a decent start to his career. Can’t wait to see what dh they get from the garbage heap.

  6. Neil says:

    I’d be content with the Sacred All Time Road Loss record.

  7. Lisa Gray says:


    well, that’s what i meant by pocketing the $$$
    i figure he’s gonna get a GOOD 4 years of pocketing 50 mill or more a year by explaining that the astros are “rebuilding” and therefore it being unwise to spend any money on actual major league players
    then it is sort of possible that someone might notice or care besides the MLBPA, but i doubt it, which is what happens when you FIRST get rid of all the fans.

    Husband tells me that the houston football team is actually playing well this year. so are the rockets. there are no reporters/media left who know or care about the remnants of the astros. unless, of course, the astros win The Worst Team In The Majors 3 years running, which even the Tigers, Royals and DRays have not managed to accomplish since the beginning of free agency. And also if we win The Sacred All Time Loss Record.

    the world is all about the money. it always has been. it always will be. unless if it is some tyrant who wants everyone else to think/act/believe like he says they should, just because.

  8. Lisa Gray says:


    are you really gonna show up at the stadium?
    i hope you are getting free tix, is all i can say. God knows there sure are a lot of them these days.
    they aren’t trading altuve until they have to pay him money, you should know that.

  9. Lisa Gray says:


    dream BIG!!!

  10. Neil says:

    I probably won’t follow the Astros this year. I could handle the whole sell the team, get rid of all the major leaguers, fire the staff, move to the AL stuff, but JD not being in the broadcast booth really upsets me. I’m going to follow him to the Cubs, I think.

  11. Lisa Gray says:


    we all have out breaking points, and all i can say is i just can’t root for the c*bs – although i would watch any game in which he was broadcasting. i just have no idea what i’m gonna do this year. i really hate the way that MLB has it set up so that there are perpetual basement teams without fan bases that earn zillions by getting beat up on.


  12. Bruce says:

    The never ending Storey…

  13. Becky says:

    YEA!!!!!! Mickey Storey is baaaaaack!! I liked this kid, and it appears, so did Jeff Luhnow!

  14. Lisa Gray says:

    the neverending storey

    i LIKE that. for some reason, i like the guy too and am not sure why luhnow let him go in the first place and am glad the yankees took a sniff and dropped him.