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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Special K, We Hardly Knew Ye

And so, being unable to find a willing trade partner for Preston Wilson--having already designated him for assignment, it's not like we had any leverage whatsoever--the Astros were forced into unceremoniously dumping Special K and his $4,000,000 contract.

It was proffered that "Presson" is merely a victim of circumstances. With the Astros' having something like twenty games in twenty days, and twenty-nine games in thirty days, they supposedly wanted to add a 12th pitcher. Enter Jason Hirsh. Exit somebody to make room for him...

That "somebody," it turns out, was poor old Special K. The Astros had tried to send Jason Lane down to AAA but, because he's now got like three years' of major-league service time, he'd have to clear waivers before he could be sent down. He didn't clear waivers, so the Astros either had to let him go to the team that claimed him, or pull him off waivers and leave him on the MLB roster for the rest of the year. Luke Scott and Chris Burke, understandably, should not be shipped back to Round Rock.

Presumably, that left Presson as the odd man out. Seriously, though: aren't we forgetting somebody? Our off-the-bench left-handed pinch-hitting "specialist?" Shall we compare the offensive performance of the two?

Special K: .269/.309/.405
Palmeiro: .226/.286/.298
Among these two, how is Special K the better option to ship out? Oh, yeah, that's right: Palmeiro provides that ever crucial left-handed bat so that Gar[d]ner can insert his head into his arse avoid that whole "righty-righty" matchup thing!

Oh, wait. Since Mike Lamb's sitting on the bench most of the time, we already have a proven left-handed hitter (and one who's producing) on the bench--since we've decided that Mike Lamb's hot bat would better serve us on the bench. And, if he ain't there, Aubrey Huff is.

I'll miss the Special K Statboard, to be sure. Unfortunately, Purpura's stupid decision has completely robbed Special K of the opportunity to try and set the Astros' single-season strikeout record.

Good luck to you, Special K.


Anonymous Bouj said...

Actually, the Chronicle reported that Purpura DID consider sending Burke down. I guess someone reminded him that Burke was the only reserve middle infielder they had, unless you want Mike Lamb andn Brad Ausmus to be the backups at 2B and SS.

Purpura is doing a brutal job at team management. Lane NEVER should have been recalled for Palmeiro's bereavement leave. It should have been some warm body who they could burn an option on since it was only going to be for a week anyway. Not that OP should be on the team anyway. And that moronic recall of Lane cost the Astros 2 players: Bruntlett (who had to go down when OP came back) and then Wilson.

Purpura is the kind of idiot who would trade a quarter for a nickel and a dime because 2 coins is more than 1 coin. If not for the bigger idiot owner of Baltimore vetoing the trade, Purpura would have gotten rid of the staff ace too.

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