Originally Posted by traderumor
I see more of a Pirates/Royals style "rebuild" in progress--get a bunch of marginal prospects to improve a disastrous farm system and call it "restocking." Too bad they're moving so we can continue beating up on their "rebuilding project."
You've got to keep things in perspective. Those "marginal" prospects are all pretty much top 10 prospects in the Astros' system. Add to that the excellent draft they had and the surety that they'll be picking first for a few years I'd think...I'd say they did VERY well. The guys they traded away weren't exactly household names or highly regarded. Wandy was trending down for several years now. Carlos Lee? Yikes. Pence & Bourn they got solid returns for. Most of the others were just bench guys, bullpen guys or lower rotational guys. They didn't have much in terms of assets that they could deal for GOOD returns IMO.
As for the too bad they're moving comment...I can't agree more. Not only don't we get to pummel them senseless...but now I'll never get to see my beloved Redlegs in person. Ugh.