Sunday, February 13, 2005
Well, at least Astros management is saying the right things. Phil Garner and Tim Purpura both talked about the importance of giving young players a chance to develop, rather than seeing Chris Burke bat .200 in 50 AB's and yanking him down to AAA. Our team, both this year and several years into the future, will depend heavily on Lane / Ensberg / Everett / Burke / maybe Taveras? so we need to give them a solid chance. Roy Oswalt also appears to be happy, saying that he was impressed we gave him a multi year deal even though he's 3 years from free agency, and he said he wants to spend his entire career with the Astros. AND, most importantly, he says he's healthy. With an improved infield defense, a healthy Oswalt could win 20 games with a sub 3.00 ERA. That'd be nice.