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Friday, April 22, 2005

Astros - Signed Martin

Houston Astros - Signed P Tom Martin to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Round Rock (AAA).

As bad as Martin was with the Braves to start the season, he’s still a left-handed reliever short of 40, so he’ll keep getting jobs for a while.  Good organization to pick, too; some in Houston will still remember his out-of-nowhere success a decade ago, roasted toasted John Franco is the only lefty reliever on the team with Mike Gallo the only other one on the 40-man roster.  Martin’s also probably a better pitcher than Phil Norton, the only other candidate that’s not a stretch.

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 22, 2005 at 08:36 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. J.C. Bradbury Posted: April 22, 2005 at 09:03 PM (#1280208)
Umm, didn't the Astros get a first-hand look at how bad this guy is from the playoffs last year?
   2. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 22, 2005 at 09:06 PM (#1280212)
Signing him is better than my first guess when I saw the headline, Al Martin.
   3. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 22, 2005 at 09:11 PM (#1280227)
When did Round Rock become AAA?
   4. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: April 22, 2005 at 09:12 PM (#1280228)
Signing him is better than my first guess when I saw the headline, Al Martin.

He's too busy playing WR with the Chargers to play baseball this season.
   5. Suff Posted: April 22, 2005 at 09:18 PM (#1280239)
I just wrote Richard Justice on his blog today about whether the Astros might be ready to give up on Franco. I guess this answers my second question, which was whether the Astros might consider bringing Tom Martin back to Houston.

Franco has been painfully bad this year, so they had to find some sort of backup plan, and I like Martin better than Gallo.
   6. Suff Posted: April 22, 2005 at 09:19 PM (#1280241)
When did Round Rock become AAA

This year. They started a new franchise in Corpus Christi to be their AA.
   7. Dan Szymborski Posted: April 22, 2005 at 09:21 PM (#1280243)
This year - the Astros managed to do some switcherooenating, dumped New Orleans and got Round Rock AAA-ed. It's really hard to move classifications, but Nolan Ryan (who's one of the owners) has a lot of clout.
   8. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: April 22, 2005 at 10:16 PM (#1280376)
Wow. Martin to replace Franco? There's got to be a better lefty choice out there.
   9. Psychedelic Red Pants Posted: April 22, 2005 at 10:36 PM (#1280407)
What city lost a AAA franchise?
   10. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 22, 2005 at 11:03 PM (#1280435)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

ENJOY!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

This means the Braves can take his contract off of the books, right?!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
   11. Greg Franklin Posted: April 22, 2005 at 11:24 PM (#1280491)
Edmonton lost their AAA franchise.
   12. akrasian Posted: April 22, 2005 at 11:34 PM (#1280523)
This means the Braves can take his contract off of the books, right?!


No. Well, if he gets added to the Astros major league roster, he'll be paid a pro-rated share of the major league minimum by the Astros, and that would be deducted from what the Braves owe him.
   13. stubbyc Posted: April 23, 2005 at 04:21 AM (#1281500)
Wandy Rodriguez is pitching pretty well for AAA Round Rock, but I still think they look at him as more of a starter.

They need to just forget the shitty lefty bullshit and call up Mike Burns.
   14. base ball chick Posted: April 23, 2005 at 06:04 AM (#1281614)
tom martin had his one good season (his ONLY good season) for houston in 1997.

although a dead cat would be a better pitcher than franco.

to put it mildly.

mike burns isn't a lefty
   15. StopBooingAbreu Posted: April 23, 2005 at 06:07 AM (#1281621)
WHY WHY WHY is Franco still given contracts outside of the Mets? When they gave up on him shouldnt this have been the end...and obvious to everyone?!?
   16. buddy34 Posted: April 23, 2005 at 07:18 PM (#1282529)
just more evidence that if you're a LH pitcher and you're breathing, you can get a contract from someone.

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