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Perhaps you think the good people of Houston will come out to see a team that has lost over 100 games two straight years with a budget smaller than the Marlins.
As it is, the Astros have had back-to-back No. 1 picks, and neither player is likely to have the same long-term value as Puig.
I mentioned Neal Huntington above, Joe, because Pittsburgh under his leadership through 2011 didn't sign any MLB-ready international players.
Now I don't know how much $ the Astros are investing in their farm system and scouting, but refusing to jump all over a Puig or Cespedes seems little different from what the Pirates did.
The Astro's #1 pick in 2012 just hit .320/.405/.467 as an 18 YO SS in A ball. He was the #13 prospect prior to the 2013 season. He'll easily be top 10, maybe top 5 next year.
You know how many ML GMs would trade Yasiel Puig for Carlos Correa?
How many would trade Soler for Correa?
But what, exactly, have the Pirates done? They just had their first winning season in 20 years, and they're still a ways away from being a favorite in the NL Central. They're just as likely to regress back to .500 next year as they are to be a legit 92-win team (by Pythag) or a 95-win team. I doubt there's a single Astros fan who would endorse going about things the way the Pirates have.
Oh, and right now, there are tens of thousands of Pirates fans at PNC Park who have alrady forgotten why they were so depressed/angry/bitter from 2009-12.
Meanwhile, the first four years of Puig's contract would be a waste of money.
That's ridiculous. They are already a couple of years into a rebuild. Avoiding signing good players because you are slotting in 6 terrible years would be a terrible strategy. No team ever needs to punt half a decade - that's insane.
Apparently, you and Joe believe that an Astros club with 101-04 losses instead of 109 with double the payroll would be a much more marketable commodity....
I made the point earlier that the Astros *should* attack the international market, Joe/Nate, but to go after the teenagers, not MLB-ready talent. And no, Nate, it is perfectly acceptable to wait until you are on the cusp of coming out of the doldrums before signing the MLB-ready guys.
And no, Nate, it is perfectly acceptable to wait until you are on the cusp of coming out of the doldrums before signing the MLB-ready guys.
Generally speaking, you can't get to the cusp of coming out of the doldrums without signing MLB-ready guys.
Jason, by this logic, it was foolish for the Astros to draft Mark Appel this year, since his ETA is 2014.
For example, why would the Tigers signing Magglio Ordonez be worse if he had been the same player, except had been playing in Japan up to that point instead of in the majors?
He cost them a chance to draft a player who would be good farther in the future.
Aside from the signing bonus, Joe, Appel doesn't cost the Astros more than a bucket of spit for the foreseeable future.
(Obviously, no one predicted the Puigmania of 2013, but the Astros have no one on the roster that people are paying to see. A guy like Puig or a bopper like Cespedes would have changed that.)
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