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they keep adding all these old guys - steven pearce - are you KIDDING me?
I'm not sure that zips agrees w you vlad, but I do...
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KPIX-TV is reporting that the Giants have a "deal in place" for Hunter Pence, pending ownership approval.
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Giants VP Bobby Evans texts that there's "no truth to the rumor" the Giants have a deal in place for Pence.
So far this year, the Astros have traded their starting 1B, their starting 3B, their #1 and #3 (I guess. I'm not really sure where Happ ranks) starting pitchers, their closer, and one of their better middle relievers, and lost their starting SS for the rest of the year.
Not that they were all that great before the trading bonanza, but this is going to be one impressively wretched team to watch for the rest of the season.
Given the new rules on draft bonuses, having the #1/#2 pick seems like it's even more valuable than it once way. I honestly think the Astros are tanking at this point
Glad to hear the reports about Johnson's defense not being too bad, because on paper he looks like an error prone guy with poor range. I really haven't seen him play enough to form an opinion on his defense though.
the idea is to have a payroll at league minimum next year - crane has a lot of debt and he'll make lots
Johnson is on the minimum salary right now, and he won't make more than $2M next year - this looks like a trade to weaken the roster for a couple seasons and get a couple more lottery tickets.
Given how low the payroll currently stands after the trades, that would imply some free agent signings.
Hey, Jordan Schafer and Brett Wallace were both extremely highly rated prospects until the very second they were traded to the Astros.
Brett Wallace. The Astros still think he can be a third baseman (heck, he has played some passable shortstop in AAA this month),
Yeah, this is getting ridiculous. Johnson has 1100+ at bats of .274/.314/.421...certainly not awe inspiring, but he's a very decent hitter for a 3B, and the defense has improved. He's not even to arbitration yet. 3b is not an easy position to fill, and the best the Astros have to replace him is Matt Dominguez, whose bat projects to sub replacement level. *shrug*
Chris Johnson has not hit a home run outside of Houston since September of 2011. So....good luck Arizona!
G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+3 13 11 2 6 1 2 7 .545 .615 1.182 1.797 357
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