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    GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    Hello Houston, we have a problem.

    2007 record 73-89, -90 run differential

    Offense

    723 runs (13th NL)
    .330 OB (10th NL)
    .412 SLG (10th NL)
    65-98 SB (13th NL)

    Strengths:

    1B - Lance Berkman (.896 OPS)
    LF - El Caballo (.882 OPS, 10 SB)
    CF - Hunter Pence (.899 OPS, 11 SB)
    RF? - Luke Scott (.855 OPS)

    Holes:

    C
    2B
    SS
    3B

    Pitching

    4.70 ERA (12th NL)
    .337 OB (11th NL)
    .454 SLG (15th NL)
    .692 DER (17th MLB)

    Strengths:

    Roy Oswalt (3.18 ERA, .708 OPS against)
    Brad Lidge (3.36 ERA, .721 OPS against, 19 saves)
    Chad Qualls (3.05 ERA, .732 OPS against)

    Holes:

    2-5 starters
    long relief
    LH relief

    Advanced Prospects

    Troy Patton - LHP
    J.R. Towles - C
    Felipe Paulino - RHP
    Brian Bogusevic - LHP
    Chance Douglass - RHP
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    They should sign ARod. He'd have a field day in that park.
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    Chance Douglass is a local kid (Amarillo) I think he's headed to the pen.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    It's time to dismantle and rebuild. There are simply too many holes in the lineup and rotation to fix by throwing money around. Trade Oswalt, Lidge, and maybe even Berkman while they still have high value.
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    It's time to dismantle and rebuild. There are simply too many holes in the lineup and rotation to fix by throwing money around. Trade Oswalt, Lidge, and maybe even Berkman while they still have high value.

    I'd keep Oswalt but shop the other two. Berkman's a great hitter but if I were the Astros, I'd worry that he's going to get old fast with his injury history. It's be a lot easier replacing Berkman's numbers than Oswalt's and they can move Lee to 1st.
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    Quote Originally Posted by NJReds View Post
    They should sign ARod. He'd have a field day in that park.
    You got that right. He might break Bonds HR record in just a couple of seasons playing in that park. Since ARod is all about himself he should go there and rack up the homers and not have too much pressure of winning.
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    I'd keep Oswalt but shop the other two. Berkman's a great hitter but if I were the Astros, I'd worry that he's going to get old fast with his injury history. It's be a lot easier replacing Berkman's numbers than Oswalt's and they can move Lee to 1st.
    Trade Berkman to the Red Sox for a package of players including Crisp, Lester, Delcarman. Crisp would help the pitching staff out in that huge CF. Sox can let Lowell go and move Youkalis to 1B.
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    Quote Originally Posted by NJReds View Post
    Trade Berkman to the Red Sox for a package of players including Crisp, Lester, Delcarman. Crisp would help the pitching staff out in that huge CF. Sox can let Lowell go and move Youkalis to 1B.

    Where's Berkman going to play in BOS?
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Where's Berkman going to play in BOS?
    He could play 1B. Youkalis could move back to 3rd. They let Lowell get overpaid by the Phillies or the Yankees.
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    Oswalt is expensive, and I think his mediocre K/9 is going to catch up with him. I'd shop him to the Dodgers for some of their "troublesome" youth like Loney, Kemp, and Ethier.
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    Oswalt is expensive, and I think his mediocre K/9 is going to catch up with him. I'd shop him to the Dodgers for some of their "troublesome" youth like Loney, Kemp, and Ethier.
    If they put Oswalt on the market, there'd be a bidding war between the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers and probably a host of other teams.

    Now might be the best time for the Astros to blow it up and rebuild.
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    I think I'd look to find a taker for Carlos Lee before his contract turns into a noose. The Angels might be interested.

    In general, things look real bad for the Astros. They've got a bad major league product and they're thin on prospects. Go for broke might be their best plan of action. Trade the advanced prospects, spend for talent and take what might be your only shot for the better part of the next decade. Yet, since the owner doesn't seem to have that kind of mentality it's probably going to be a freefall into a pit of despair.
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    In light of the Lidge deal yesterday, this becomes a lot clearer for me.

    This team is kind of like the Reds. It needs a number 2 starter and a closer.

    The Rotation could be ok with a number 2 added to the mix.

    Oswalt
    Acquisition
    Backe
    Wandy Rodriguez
    Patton/Williams/Albers

    The Bullpen
    Acquisition
    Qualls
    Geary
    Filler

    Berkman 1B
    Burke 2B
    Everett SS
    Wigginton 3B
    Towles C
    Lee LF
    Bourne CF
    Pence RF

    For me its pretty clear that this team needs to package Scott, a young pitcher (Albers?? Patton??) and some other stuff for a number 2 type guy. Sign Cordero and nab some one who can upgrade 2B (recent Luis Castillo rumors make a lot of sense) freeing Burke to be the supersub in Houston.
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    In light of the Lidge deal yesterday, this becomes a lot clearer for me.

    This team is kind of like the Reds. It needs a number 2 starter and a closer.

    The Rotation could be ok with a number 2 added to the mix.

    Oswalt
    Acquisition
    Backe
    Wandy Rodriguez
    Patton/Williams/Albers

    The Bullpen
    Acquisition
    Qualls
    Geary
    Filler

    Berkman 1B
    Burke 2B
    Everett SS
    Wigginton 3B
    Towles C
    Lee LF
    Bourne CF
    Pence RF

    For me its pretty clear that this team needs to package Scott, a young pitcher (Albers?? Patton??) and some other stuff for a number 2 type guy. Sign Cordero and nab some one who can upgrade 2B (recent Luis Castillo rumors make a lot of sense) freeing Burke to be the supersub in Houston.
    That offense is atrocious. Pence, Berkman, Lee, and 6 automatic outs.
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    Re: GM Project 2007 - Houston Astros

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    That offense is atrocious. Pence, Berkman, Lee, and 6 automatic outs.

    Usually good enough to beat the Reds, though.
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