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Creeping Inexorably Toward A Worthwhile Sub-Heading.
Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Houston, you have a problem

Cub fans everywhere, rejoice! The Astros have decided to engage in a little subtraction by addition (or, more appropriately, retention) by signing Veteran Pitcher Handler Extraordinaire, Brad Ausmus, to a two year contract. How bad could this be for the Astros? Let’s have some fun with seasonal trends in park adjusted OPS+.

200120022003
Player A919678
Player B696869
Player C587554

Which of these players would you rather have catching for your team? Well, none of them really, but that’s not the point. Damien Miller (Player A) and Paul Bako (Player B) both stunk the joint up whenever they went to bat for the Cubs last year, but they were still a great improvement over the truly putrid season had by Brad Ausmus (otherwise known as, Player C). In fact, Miller had his worst season since his rookie year in 1997 when he only had 66 AB’s, and was still better than anything Ausmus has done in the last three years!

My point is, that while I may have some serious issues with a few of the rumors coming out of Wrigleyville, at least the Cubs organization appears interested in the possibility of upgrading at catcher. They were rumored to be looking into A.J. Pierzynski before the Giants made a deal, and there’s at least a modicum of thought about pursuing Ivan Rodriguez. While nothing may come to pass on this front, at least it looks as if an attempt is being made.

The Astros had a chance to make an easy upgrade at a problem position. I have a hard time believing that, even with their professed financial constraints, they couldn’t sign someone who could be a marked improvement. Instead, they punted. And they shanked it, at that.

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