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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Astros - Signed Hampton

Houston Astros - Reportedly sign P Mike Hampton to a 1-year contract.

The Braves’ 45-year, $700 billion commitment to Hampton finally comes to an end.  Hampton’s probably worth a flier, but I’m not sure I’d want to take a look at him for $2 million, especially when my team wants to shed $20 million from the payroll and has very few places where it can do that.  If the Astros aren’t willing to pay to play, a necessity with a horrible farm system, they have to start thinking about 2011 more than 2009 and Hampton doesn’t help much there - if he turns out to be healthy and good, they won’t have the money to shell out to keep him.  With the economy likely poor for the near-term, I can’t imagine any team is going to give up valuable cost-controlled players at the deadline for a pitcher with Hampton’s injury history unless he goes nuts and has a Cliff Lee 2009.  Which he won’t.

Amusingly enough, this might be a signing that would have been good for the Braves.

ZiPS Projection - Mike Hampton
        W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA   ERA+
2009     2   2 10 10   50   57   28   7 18 22 5.04   85

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 02, 2008 at 05:59 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Wizard Posted: December 02, 2008 at 06:29 PM (#3018964)
The Transaction Oracle RSS feed looks good!

Thanks Dan
   2. Dan Szymborski Posted: December 02, 2008 at 07:23 PM (#3019052)
I hadn't done anything yet!

That's the kind of problem I dig - problems that somehow magically fix themselves.
   3. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: December 02, 2008 at 08:48 PM (#3019197)
aren't the Houston schools pretty bad?
   4. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 02, 2008 at 08:50 PM (#3019200)
Not any more!
   5. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: December 04, 2008 at 04:18 PM (#3020654)
aren't the Houston schools pretty bad?

Hampton's going through a divorce. The (almost ex-)wife and kids are apparently in Arizona. The AJC reported that the Braves offered more money, but he wanted to be closer to his kids.

I like Hampton, despite everything, but I sure won't mind that the Braves won't be hoping he can do something other than get hurt in 2009.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2008 at 04:27 PM (#3020665)
What about his hitting projection? I'm dead serious when I say I think he could be a better bat off the bench than some of the guys they currently have - Reggie Abercrombie? Geoff Blum?
   7. The Essex Snead Posted: December 04, 2008 at 05:00 PM (#3020699)
Ha -- maybe they should play Hampton in CF!

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