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Hot Stove Update: 11/18

The 2013-14 offseason has gotten off to slow start. In fact, calling it a slow start would be putting it nicely.

So far this fall, player movement has happened at a snail’s pace. In fact, even the flow of rumors has even begun to trickle down. Granted it will not last, as it is likely that at some point, the frequency of transactions will likely begin to accelerate.

Today there were three signings that might begin to set the market. And from an Astros perspective I think the terms of both contracts are beneficial.

Tim Hudson, whose 205 career wins are the most of any active pitchers, signed a two year $23 million contract with the San Francisco Giants. Hudson who is coming off a season ending fractured ankle still has a lot to offer and it is likely that there will not be any adverse effects in 2014. Prior to the injury, Hudson was 8-7 in 21 starts with a 3.97 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.

Compared to what starters like Ricky Nolasco and Ervin Santana are seeking, this is actually a pretty reasonable contract. With the addition of Hudson, the Giants now have four All-Star caliber starters.

While we still could be a long way from Nolasco and Santana signing, it is possible that this brings down their asking prices.

With the signing of LaTroy Hawkins by the Colorado Rockies to a one year $2.5 million contract, the first reliever is now off the market. A few relievers like Hawkins is what Houston needs.

There were some rumors about the possibility of Jason Castro being dealt due to the lack of catchers, and now there is one less available backstop. Carlos Ruiz re-signed with the Philadelphia Phillies today for three years and $26 million.

One possibility for the Astros’ rotation, Josh Johnson, does not appear to be an option for the Astros. He would potentially be the perfect buy-low candidate as he is young, 29, and talented with something to prove.


One thing we know that the Astros need before next season is a closer. The market must still be established, and it looks like Joe Nathan might be the one to do it. The problem though, is that the teams after Nathan are all big spenders, and the losers in the Nathan derby will likely overpay for the next best candidate. If that is the case, the Astros might be better off with signing Jose Veras and a few other similar pitchers.


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  • Larry

    Ray, Well some of the 2014 Free Agents are finding them a home for 2014. I saw that Chris Young wants to be a Astro. Well if the Astros do signed him I would give a one year deal & see what he has. I would put him as the extra outfielder plus a right-handed batter on the bench like a David Murphy. I surprised the Astros has not signed him yet. And I was hoping to see the Astros go after Tim Hudson the Giants gave him a two year contract the Astros did that with Brett Myers so why not Tim Hudson. Well I over look of Starting pitchers & I like these two that could help the Astros. (1.) Dan Haren, Won: 129 Lost: 111 ERA 3.74 or Johan Santana, Won:139 Lost:78 ERA: 3.20.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      Yeah Young wouldnt be a bad option as a 4th outfielder.

      Haren or Santana could be good options, and I think both with cost less than Hudson which is a good thing.

      • Larry

        Well Murphy is not going to be a Astro, he is a Cleveland Indian now. Now who would be a good Left-handed bat. Here is what I found, Curtis Granderson, Raul Ibanez, Jason Kubel, Nate McLouth, & Nyjer Morgan. If I was Luhnow I would go after Raul Ibanez or Nyjer Morgan.

        • Ray_Kuhn_28

          I would stay away from Morgan because the Astros have speed in the OF with Grossman. Ibanez is obviously an option just for this year, and I see him going back to the Yankees or another contender.

          Granderson would be a good addition, but not sure hwo much of a match there is.

          Kubel or McClouth would be good fits.

  • Joshua Nathanael Stallings

    I wanna see berkman and oswalt in an astros uniform this year.

    I dont care if they never throw a pitch or have an at bat. I’m fine with a one day contract but as a fan who has suffered through these last three years allow me this little bit of nostalgia and to cheer a proper goodbye for those two guys this one last time.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      Although it might not be a shared opinion by all Astros fans, I do agree with you on both counts.

      Oswalt especially, I think could be a decent option and was actually planning a post on him this week.