Originally Posted by TRF
three if's in the rotation... or just one. a return to Houston might be perfect for Oswalt, And I think Lohse is a solid #3.
Plus, Houston cleaned house. fences with Bourn could be mended.
I mean, really? Erik Bedard? He couldn't win with a decent team in Pittsburgh. or stay healthy. Has Humber ever been good outside one season?
Looking at the stats from 2012, only Wilton Lopez was interesting, and he's a Rockie now.
3-5 moves creates the bridge. Overpay a little to let agents know you might overpay a lot for real talent. the switch to the AL will bring in a few fans, Ranger games might sell out, but it looks to be a long season if they don't even moderately upgrade that rotation.
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't be against those moves if I were an Astro fan. If they could do it, I guess it would be a decent idea.
But Humber and Bedard...why not? They were basically free pickups. They both seem like good guys to take fliers on. Only ESPN is penciling them into the rotation. I'm pretty sure they're both on minor league deals.
Depending on Oswalt at this point seems like a crapshoot too IMO. He was worse last year than any of the projected starters the Astros have.
You don't think Lucas Harrell had an intriguing season? I sure do. On that crappy club he went 11-11 with a 3.76 era. And Norris, if he can get some defense behind him and reign in his control a bit, he could be a strikeout machine. When he's on his game he can be dominant. But he's like Loshe was with the Reds, really good or really bad, nothing in between.
Outside of that outfield, you want to be depressed for them, look at who they've got penciled in for closer. Jose Veras. LOL.