Originally Posted by Superdude
If this was happening in someone's basement on Dynasty Mode, I'd agree with every move. Not so much in real life. It's not about them contending next year, it's about trying to avoid fielding an absolute disgrace of a ballclub.
I get the integrity angle, but compared with what's currently going on in Florida with the Marlins, I don't believe that lack of integrity applies here.
The Marlins brass decided to throw in the proverbial towel when a total rebuild, much less a reloading, wasn't in order. And, you can also argue that the Marlins brass didn't even cash in their chips at the right time, whereas, IMHO, the Astros have seemingly done so for the past two years. That, to me, is the crux of my argument.
Now, if for some reason, the Astros are in contention at the All Star Break, Luhnow owes it to the fans to cash in some of the prospects for a realistic shot a Playoff berth. If said situation occurs without Luhnow acting accordingly, then the integrity question comes into play.