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  1. Is that wonderful talking Lysol ad in the right column to underscore how much the Astros stink?

    Comment by Chris R — March 4, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

  2. I was having a discussion with a friend yesterday about whether or not the Astros would want Ryan Doumit. Obviously, he’s well overpaid, but I was thinking maybe if the Pirates took back something like 2M in salary of his, a Doumit for LHP swap might make sense.

    Comment by Kirsh — March 5, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

  3. Punting and using a mashup of replacement level guys is probably the smartest move.

    That said, Doumit intrigues me because you could have him work at C for 2011 and then move him to another position where he’ll have to end up anyway when Castro comes back.

    Comment by Josh Amaral — March 6, 2011 @ 1:16 am

  4. Why should the Astros even look to acquire anything but a free agent catcher if one comes along? They won’t compete either way, you might as well save the cash and the roster spot.

    Comment by Joe R — March 6, 2011 @ 2:37 am

  5. Joe R, that would be what most of us here would call, “common sense”. The Astros don’t know anything about that concept. I expect them to trade some of their scarce mid-level prospects for a barely above replacement type catcher that has one year left and a high salary.

    Comment by Adam — March 6, 2011 @ 11:15 am

  6. Doumit has two team option’s after this season. He has more upside offensively than anyone you can link to the Astros catching position right now. If all it took was a crappy LHP to make it happen, then the Astros should do it. If he had ever been in the Phillies organization it would have already happened.

    Comment by NLeininger — March 7, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

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