NL Central Notes: Correia, LaHair, Snyder, Brewers

With tonight's 3-0 win over the Cubs, the Astros have now recorded three straight shutouts for the first time since 1986.  It's a small measure of consolation for a team that has already clinched the worst record in baseball and the first overall pick in next year's amateur draft.  Here's the latest from Houston and elsewhere around the NL Central…

  • Kevin Correia cracked the 170-inning plateau with tonight's start, earning him a $100K bonus, tweets Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Correia will be a free agent this winter and is rumored to be parting ways with the Pirates, given that he's already requested a trade earlier this season.
  • Bryan LaHair thinks he has a 50-50 chance of being traded by the Cubs this offseason, he tells ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla.
  • Astros GM Jeff Luhnow is undecided about bringing back Chris Snyder next season, though he's been impressed by Snyder's veteran leadership, reports MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.  The Astros and Snyder have a $4MM mutual option for 2013, an option that seems unlikely to be exercised by the club given Snyder's poor hitting this season and the fact that $4MM is a high price for a backup catcher.  It's possible the Astros could decline the option and still bring Snyder back on a smaller contract.
  • Ron Roenicke tells reporters (including MLB.com's Adam McCalvy) that the Brewers will bring their current coaching staff back next season.


7 Responses to NL Central Notes: Correia, LaHair, Snyder, Brewers Leave a Reply

  1. Tacho Bill 3 years ago

    The way the Pirates handled Correia makes me question the front office/manager even more. He should have never been sent to the bullpen. He’s no ace, but he was one of the Pirates’ more consistent pitchers during Collapse II. No wonder free agents avoid the Pirates like the plague.

  2. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    Make Snyder the new Astros manager.

  3. Brian_Bixler 3 years ago

    With 2 games left in the season, why would we even have Correia pitch? It would’ve saved us 100K. Money again not properly spent.

  4. johnsilver 3 years ago

    “Bryan LaHair thinks he has a 50-50 chance of being traded by the Cubs this offseason,”

    We’ll see your Bryan LaHair and raise you a Mauro Gomez.. Another career MiLB free swinger and in all odds will be removed from a 40 man roster this winter.

    I can’t see LaHair having much (if any) trade value. it’s not like he hit at all after May, not good defensive 1b. could hang around a few months on some NL team as a backup 1b/PH, kind of like Giambi does, only Giambi can hit on occasion.

    Epstein should really have pushed hard to move him back in June before the inevitable collapse of his bat occurred.

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