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  • #31
    Astros sign Pedro Feliz and Brandon Lyon

    Feliz agreed to a $4.5 million contract with Houston, who previously had shored up their bullpen in a pair of deals at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Indianapolis.

    Houston traded three minor leaguers to the Florida Marlins for reliever Matt Lindstrom, and reached a contract agreement with free agent reliever Brandon Lyon, pending a physical, according to the official Major League website.

    "We're very pleased to add Pedro to our infield mix," Astros general manager Ed Wade told "He's been an outstanding defensive player and a solid run-producer for his entire career."

    Feliz, 34, hit .266 with 12 homers and 82 runs batted in last season for the Phillies, who recently signed Placido Polanco to play third base.

    The Astros reconstructed their bullpen after closer Jose Valverde declined arbitration because he was seeking a two-year deal that Houston was not willing to offer.

    Ed Wade is the GM equivalent of a bad SNL sketch. The first time he overpaid a middle reliever, we figured out that he didn’t really know how to build a roster. Now, when he gives Brandon Lyon a 3 year, $15 million deal, we just shrug our shoulders and say, “Yeah, that’s Ed Wade for ya.”

    Seriously, $5 million a year for the next three years for Brandon Lyon. We’re not talking about overpaying for a premium bullpen guy. Lyon is a generic middle reliever, the kind of guy who could be replaced by a minor league free agent or a Rule 5 draftee. His career FIP is 4.23, which is below average for a relief pitcher. He doesn’t even have magical FIP-beating properties – his career ERA is 4.20.

    But, hey, he got hit lucky last year (.229 BABIP) and that allowed him to strand a bunch of runners (80.8% LOB%), so his 2009 ERA is a sparkly 2.86. To Wade, that matters, because he’s still analyzing like it’s 1999. Don’t worry about the fact that his career BABIP is .305 or that his career LOB% is 71.4%, and that the entirety of his low ERA in 2009 was luck – pay him like the best reliever on the market anyway.

    I'm glad Dave Cameron said it instead of me ... but, yeah.

    The Astros actually play in a pretty solid market, in the top dozen or so anyway. They've got a relatively new ballpark. Owner Drayton McLane did finance roughly a third of the stadium's construction, for which he deserves credit. But the bottom line is that the Astros play in a bigger market, and are presumably wealthier, than the Cardinals, the Brewers, the Pirates, and the Reds. In fact, the Astros should enjoy huge financial edges over all or most of those clubs.

    The No. 1 argument against Ed Wade's competence is not this ridiculous contract. The Astros should be able to blow $5 million per season on freely available talent like Brandon Lyon and still win. The No. 1 argument against Wade's competence is that the Astros have been outscored by 232 over the last four seasons, and there's no reason for optimism about 2010 or beyond.


    • #32
      Astros draft Jorge Jimenez in Rule 5 Draft, then trade him

      The same is true of the Astros' selection of third baseman Jorge Jimenez from the Red Sox at No. 8, as he's the player to be named in the Matt Lindstrom trade. And there was late word that the Mets would be dealing right-handed pitcher Carlos Monasterios (No. 7) to the Dodgers.


      • #33
        Astros sign Jason Michaels, Gustavo Chacin

        Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Astros have re-signed outfielder Jason Michaels to a one-year contract, the club announced Monday.

        Michaels, who signed a contract worth $800,000, spent 2009 with the Astros and hit .237 with a .322 on-base percentage and four home runs in 102 games.

        "Jason returns as a solid, veteran backup in our outfield," said Astros general manager Ed Wade. "When his playing time increased over the second half of last season, Jason provided the type of production that we anticipated when we originally signed him. Hes a threat as a pinch-hitter and can also go out and handle all three outfield positions. His versatility and veteran presence are big plusses."

        The 33-year-old Michaels has a career .269 average and .343 OBP in nine major league seasons with Philadelphia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Houston. In 836 games, he has hit 49 homers and driven in 263 runs.

        Additionally Monday, the Astros signed left-handed pitcher Gustavo Chacin to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Chacin last pitched in the majors in 2007 with Toronto and spent last season in the Phillies' organization.


        • #34
          Astros sign Edgar Ferreira

          The Astros have inked Dominican pitching prospect Edgar Ferreira, reports Jorge Arangure of (via Twitter).

          GM Ed Wade confirmed the signing to Brian McTaggart of, who says the signing bonus is rumored to be $350K. The 17-year-old Ferreira has a fastball that sits in the low-90s and touches 94 on occasion.


          • #35
            Named Eric Young minor league outfield and baserunning roving instructor.



            • #36
              Signed: RHP T.J. Burton (re-signed), RHP Gary Majewski, RHP Ryan Sadowski, LHP Gustavo Chacin, LHP Andy Van Hekken, OF Freddy Parejo, OF Alex Romero
              Traded: RHP Robert Bono, 3B Jorge Jimenez and SS Luis Bryan to Marlins for RHP Matt Lindstrom
              Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: RHP Brad James
              Rule 5 selections: RHP Jose Duran (Orioles, AAA), OF Nick Moresi (Nationals, AAA)
              Some of those I already covered.



              • #37
                Sadowski released, headed to Korea

                Former San Francisco Giants right-hander Ryan Sadowski, who agreed to a minor league deal this offseason with the Houston Astros, signed a one-year contract Dec. 23 to pitch for the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2010, according to NPB Tracker.

                Although details have been unconfirmed, it's believed that the Astros organization let Sadowski out of his contract in order to sign with Lotte.

                The 27-year-old righty made his major league debut June 28, tossing six scoreless innings with two strikeouts to record the win against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

                Sadowski kept the momentum going with a stellar seven-inning shutout home performance against the Astros July 3.

                The "Big Sadowski" recorded 16 1/3 scoreless innings to begin his big league career before hitting a rough stretch in which he lost four straight decisions from July 8-31 while allowing 15 runs over 15 1/3 innings.

                Ultimately, he was designated for assignment Sept. 2, finishing 2-4 with a 4.45 ERA, including 17 walks and 17 strikeouts over 28 1/3 innings in six starts.

                At one point in 2009, the Yokohama BayStars attempted to lure Sadowski to Japan, but San Francisco decided to retain his contract.

                The former University of Florida standout was selected by the Giants in the 12th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and spent over six seasons climbing the minor league ladder before catching his big break in 2009.

                Sadowski joins a Lotte squad which posted a 66-67 record last season.

                Currently, he's the only American on the roster despite the fact that former Brewers manager Jerry Royster serves as the team's manager.

                When Royster accepted the job with Lotte heading into the 2008 season, he became the first non-Korean in history to take over the helm for one of Korea's professional baseball teams.


                • #38
                  Signed: RHP Matt Ginter, LHP Jon Switzer, OF David Cook
                  Released: RHP Tio McLean, 1B Kyle Miller, 2B Jeff Hulett, SS Jan Baldee, SS Brandon Wilkerson, OF Nathan Metroka, OF Eric Suttle, OF Marques Williams


                  • #39
                    Astros sign Josh Banks

                    HOUSTON -- Josh Banks, a right-hander who has appeared in 26 career Major League games with the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres, has signed a Minor League contract with the Astros that includes an invitation to Spring Training.


                    • #40
                      Astros sign Brett Myers

                      Former Phillies pitcher Brett Myers and the Houston Astros have reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that guarantees him $5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.


                      • #41
                        Bourgeois DFA'd

                        Having introduced righthander Brett Myers as their newest signing a day earlier, the Astros made room for him on the 40-man roster today by designating outfielder Jason Bourgeois for assignment.

                        The Astros acquired Bourgeois, 28, from Milwaukee on a waiver claim Oct. 26.

                        I'd like to report that after this offseason, I am retiring from reporting the daily team by team transactions (and the Baseball Fever community breathes a collective sigh of relief). It takes far too long to do.


                        • #42
                          Astros avoid arb with Sampson and Keppinger

                          HOUSTON -- Infielder Jeff Keppinger and reliever Chris Sampson each avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to one-year contracts for the 2010 season. The Astros have six remaining arbitration-eligible players, all of whom filed for arbitration Friday.

                          They signed Shane Loux as well.


                          C Jason Castro assigned to Houston Astros.
                          C Brian Esposito assigned to Houston Astros.
                          C Lou Santangelo assigned to Houston Astros.
                          RHP Chia-Jen Lo assigned to Houston Astros.
                          Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-16-2010, 01:05 PM.


                          • #43
                            Bourgeois was outrighted to the minors.q


                            • #44
                              Astros avoid arb with Quintero, Lindstrom and Bourn

                              The Astros and C Humberto Quintero avoided arbitration on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
                              Quintero, 30, batted .236/.286/.376 with four homers and 14 RBI in 157 at-bats with the Astros last season. He's likely to continue as a backup, whether former top prospect J.R. Towles or new blue chipper Jason Castro wins the starting backstop job during Spring Training.

                              The Astros and RHP Matt Lindstrom avoided arbitration on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year, $1.625 million contract.
                              Lindstrom, who turns 30 in February, was acquired from the Marlins last month. He battled elbow problems for most of the 2009 season, posting a 5.89 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 39/24 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings for the Marlins last season, ultimately losing his ninth-inning gig to Leo Nunez. He's not the favorite for saves in Houston to open the season, but he'll be one of the first in line if the newly-signed Brandon Lyon struggles.

                              Bourn has even less to worry about after he and the Astros avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal on Tuesday worth $2.4 million plus bonuses for the 2010 season.


                              • #45
                                Astros sign Cory Sullivan

                                Wade added another versatile player Wednesday by signing outfielder Cory Sullivan to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, fulfilling the need for a veteran left-handed bat in the outfield. He hit .250 in 64 games last year with the New York Mets after spending the previous four seasons with the Colorado Rockies.