Wait until they add Grueyer! Then it will be 15 (and they tried to have Bartlett....16).
56, 55, 51.
They're easily the worst team in the AL again with only 10 wins in their first 31 games.
While I understand that rebuilds take a lot of time, it's going to be a long time before the Astros are relevant again. They've dug themselves into such a hole that it could be a decade before they emerge from it.
Basically, it's the Twins minus Mauer, Dozier, Plouffe, Hughes, Nolasco, and Perkins. A good place to start but the Astros need a lot more pieces to build a contender, not to mention that they need almost all their prospects to pan out to be good in the next 2-3 years.
Blowing up the team was the right move to make for the Astros. They needed to overhaul not only their on-field players but they needed to blow up the entire organization, scouting and front office included.
But if someone is frustrated by three consecutive 95 loss seasons by the Twins, they'd stop watching baseball if they lived in Houston and had to watch that team for the past 500 games.
Couldn't the Astros sign Nolasco and Hughes types? Don't the Twins need their propsects to pan out to be good again?
I don't think anyone is saying fans can't be both hopeful about the future (and complimentary about the rebuild approach), and frustrated with the present and the pace of improvement.
Of course at the time of the signing, we all thought the Twins WERE signing a backup C.
Man, the whole centerfield discussion...hard to think that we have quickly gone thru Hunter, Gomez, Span and Revere in such a short space of time. More surprising, centerfield was for the taking by Benson (quite a buildup at one time by Ryan) and Mastro, opportunities many players would pray for. Both failed. And it is Hick's for keeping, but unless he ahs a huge turnaround, his big payday won't be as a Twin or any other team. You can have talent, or be the msot talented kid on the block, but it doesn't guarantee major league success.
Thr problem with Florimon is that he is a bench/utility guy, who should get the showcase if someone goes down, and can flip around amongst teams for a decade or so as a glove man with some speed and maybe the ability to move a runner as long as he doesn't bat more than 2-3 times a game or 150 times a season. Being a starter actually hurts him. He can't showcase any hitting skills on a regular basis. Even if he does have a 2 or 3 hit game, it barely offsets the many o-fers that he makes during the week. Unlike names like Casilla and Rivas and Guzman, who actually could produce (but had head issues, some say), Pedro just can't hit major league pitching.
Call up the Cardinals and see what they want for either Jay or Bourjos?
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I forgot about Benson! He wasn't quite as heralded as Hicks, but had he panned out as many thought he would he would be starting in CF right now (and last year) and Hicks could be figuring out AAA pitching. His star fell off a cliff rather quickly, unfortunately.
No Bernier and no Guerrier. I don't understand why either one is being considered.