Monday, November 28, 2011
Jim Crane should be nominated for Man of the Month for the purchase of the Houston Astros and then also deciding that the Phillies plant Ed Wade and Astros front office person Tal Smith for 35 years and no World Series titles that have came the 'Stros way needed to go and to start over with what he has purchased.
The most reviled GM in Astros history, Ed Wade will be remembered in Houston as the guy who loved trading with the Philadelphia Phillies and most fans feel that he got ripped off each and every time he did a trade with the Phillies. Hunter Pence and Roy Oswalt were the two big names traded to Philly, with 1/2 of Oswalt's salary being paid by the Astros. I wish that the Astros would take a chance on a veteran starter and find somebody that would pay 1/2 of his salary.
Wade also traded away Lance Berkman to the St. Louis Cardinals. I am surprised that we even got a bag of balls in that trade, seeing that Wade undervalued each and every piece he traded away. Michael Bourne went over to Atlanta for a song and a promise. The only person on the roster that anybody even has a passing interest in is Wandy Rodriguez and he will probably be traded because having a Left-handed Front Line pitcher is worth more in trade than with a team that has no talent. And no, Carlos Lee isn't talented.
Jim Crane had $70 Million chopped off the Purchase Price to agree to switch to the American League in 2013. Nice Business savvy. Now hopefully, he can bring in a baseball man for the GM and pair it with his Business acumen and start riding roughshod over the weak AL West around 2015.