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Astros Update: Garland, Garciaparra

Good stuff today from my main Astros guy. 

First off, the Astros are talking to the White Sox about what it would take to acquire Jon Garland.  It's well known that Garland is on the market, and the Astros do have some interesting young arms that are sure to come up in the discussion.  Southpaw Troy Patton had a nice run in high Class A this year, and righty Jason Hirsh righted the ship at Double A Corpus Christi.  Both pitchers are very highly regarded by Baseball America.  Assuming a well-rested Roger Clemens rejoins the Astros in June, the team could once again rest its playoff hopes on starting pitching.

My source also mentioned that Nomar Garciaparra has narrowed his suitors down to the Dodgers and Astros.  I admit, the Astros didn't cross my mind back in September as a possible destination for the game's current best available free agent (Clemens excluded).  I still think a two-year deal is in order.      

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Holy Cow, Nomar 7th best Free Agent? Really high ranking, I would have him around 20-30.

Yeah, a lot of people aren't nearly as high on him as I am...I think he'll be a nice buy for '06.

i want the indians to sign nomar. as a white sox fan...

when the red sox traded him they won the series. when the cubs got him they fell out of contention :)

Chicago-Houston could be a nice match.

Nomar would be a total coup for Houston. Given the uncertainty with Bagwell, and Nomar's potential to play any position but catcher, he would be a fantastic asset. I imagine if he's looking for a 1-year deal he'll go to Houston where he can put up some big numbers. The Dodgers will probably have to pay more and offer him multiple years. His market value will continue to drop without a dramatic resurgence to the Nomar of old. If he's playing for one more big contract, I see him as an Astro.

The Grady Little-So Cal connection certainly helps LA though.

Actually, that's a good point. One good year in Minute Maid, aided by a 33% boost in HRs there, could be Nomar's means to a large contract after '06. Kind of like Millwood did.

Just curious what you have heard that makes you believe he still wants to come to Houston. All I have read is that he has had two face to face meetings with the Dodgers. Including Mia with the last one. It looks like he has narrowed it down to just LA. I hope the Astros are still in it, but it doesn't look like it.

If I had to pick I would say LA is out in fron tof Houston as of this second....Nomar has home in SoCal but also his wife is from Austin and resides there. Nomar has quite a few ties there and also enjoys his time there. It will come down to LA and Houston. Houston has yet to meet with Nomar face to face and are supose to be geeting him in town this weekend.

If I had to pick I would say LA is out in fron tof Houston as of this second....Nomar has home in SoCal but also his wife is from Austin and resides there. Nomar has quite a few ties there and also enjoys his time there. It will come down to LA and Houston. Houston has yet to meet with Nomar face to face and are supose to be geeting him in town this weekend.

Why are people saying that Nomar can play any position? Nomar played 34 games at third last year, other than that he's been a SS. He didn't look particularly sharp at third either and a move to the outfield would be pretty rough. Right now Nomar is probably too brittle to play SS, and would provide a team with below average defense at 3rd or 1st. Imagine him having to stretch at 1B after seeing his horrible groin injury.

I don't trust Nomar to stay too healthy. He will give somebody a decent year, but don't expect anything near his last good season, 2003. He swings very early in the count and puts himself in bad hitting counts often. It's hard for him since he doesn't have his old talent to make up for his impatient hitting style. Just my opinion, but I just don't think Nomar is gonna bounce back.

And to think the Cubs didn't even offer him arbitration...

Teetz,
I can speak from Houston's stand point...your right, Nomar would be a major downgrade at SS over Adam Everett, at least defensivley of course. Houston is/was looking at him to play Left Field, something he is fine with.

As you said, will or wont he put up good numbers reguarding injury, well, I know Houston is trying to over come this by offering a 2 year deal around 4-5 million a year, not the 6-8 he is looking for a year...with heavy incentives based on AB's and Games played etc, so a low risk, high reward deal for Houston. If needed, he could fill in for Everett at short, but that is not Houstons intent right now, nor is there a need at 3rd with Ensburg there. Nomar could make Astros fans forget alllll about Everett at the plate, but in the field, I can see it now, grounder, up the middle...and through...."Everett could have gotten to that".
Hence Houston looking at the outfield spot....I say its 50/50 between LA/Houston...but Houston won't drop there pants for him with Reggie Sanders, Jeromy Burnitz or or Rondell White still left on the table.

I personally think Reggie Sanders will put up better numbers than Nomar next year.

Care to wager on that? Using VORP, maybe?

Hey Monger,

Drayton McLane came out and made some strong guarantees regarding trades and payroll expansion. He cited one "exciting" deal that they are ready to approve. Any word about this?

Hey Op, I've been trying this morning to get some names out of some folks about all of these exciting deals. I'm told McLane keeps things pretty close to the vest unless he needs good publicity. In the past, we've heard about Mench, Garland, and Abreu...

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