Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The first truly good move by Tim Purpura:

Astros declined to offer arbitration to infielder Jose Vizcaino.
We're surprised the Astros couldn't work anything out with Vizcaino, who had been with the club the last five years. He'll land a reserve job elsewhere. The Astros said they haven't decided whether to offer arbitration to Brad Ausmus or Orlando Palmeiro. Negotations are ongoing. -Rotoworld



JT said...

Two years, $1.9 million for Palmeiro, a 37 year old OF. Why? How can you possibly justify giving that guy a 2 year deal? I'm not loving Purpura at this point.

Jason said...

OP's a solid bench player. $1.9 million over 2 years isn't a bad price. I say lock him up. Good move by me.

I have heard that the Astros might inquire about Tejada. I don't know what Baltimore would want for him, but I bet it would include AE, a starter (Wandy?), and a prospect. Depending on the prospect, I'd do it, but I'm not the GM.

Also, Gammons mentions that the Astros might be a dark horse to sign Nomar and have him play LF. Personally, I think that would be a bad idea. Nomar's never played the outfield in the majors, and there's nothing to make us think he would return to his old form.