Posted by Piggy:
Actually, the reason he passed through waivers was because no one wanted to get stuck with his salary for this season. About $2M at the time of waivers. If you claimed him, he was yours. Neither the Cards or the Astros are in the position to pick up much salary also.
According to ESPN it was about 1.2 mill. And both Houston and the Cards could use another starter. I don't know if Houston was looking for one, but Jocketty was.
And 1.2 to either of these teams is pocket change.
Besides, if the Reds can make a deal to get the Mets to pick up the salary, so could St. Louis or Houston.
I'll say it again, if pretty much anybody thought Estes had much of anything left, he probably wouldn't have made it to the Reds.