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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Astros - Signed Pudge
Houston Astros - Signed C Ivan Rodriguez to a 1-year contract worth $1.5 million.
Whew! It’s nice to get back to actually analyzing things after a crazier-than-usual February-March ZIPS Frenzy.
$1.5 million is a good deal for a league-averageish catcher (while that figure isn’t a final official number, I doubt it’ll vary that much). That presents a sizable improvement as 2009 Pudge will be the best full-time catcher the team has had since Biggio.
The only real problem with the signing is the team that signed Rodriguez. Realistically, the Astros are a team that’s going to fight for 4th-place with the Reds. The team really needed to see what they have in Towles or Quintero (mostly the former), not so much see if they can win the Second Division Chili Cookoff with the Queen City. Even Richard Justice knows the team isn’t very good, even if he doesn’t quite realize it yet:
A rotation that includes Hampton, Moehler, and Ortiz as 3/5 of the rotation is damn likely to be solid - the team’s unlikely to hot enough in 2009 to melt ice, let alone liquefy human flesh.
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