From 1992 – 2006, Houston was one of the best franchises in the games of baseball, not having one losing season in that time span. They won 4 Division Titles, 8 2nd place finishes, and appeared in 6 playoffs. After being swept in the 2005 World Series, the core got old, and the team waited too long to rebuild. Once it was time, the management actually did a smart thing in totally gutting the entire franchise, in order to restock the Minor League System. Three trades with the Phillies kickstarted the youth movement, trailing all the way to Brad Lidge, and ending with Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence. 2 out of the 3 have retired, and Pence now makes $18 MIL per year, which would be too much.
How All Of The Astros Pitchers Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):
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The other day we talked about the hitters for the Astros and how they were acquired.
Today we delve into the Pitching Staff. The Bullpen is compromised with some familiar names, that were Free Agent Signings.
A lot of the Starters were brought in by trade, or signed as Free Agents.
The biggest tree in the roster comes from Brett Oberholtzer, who was traded for in the deal with the Braves for Michael Bourn.
Philadelphia has made 3 deals for Brad Lidge, Hunter Pence and Roy Oswalt, that have left Houston stocked in the current makeup for the depth chart by subsequent deals.
Michael Bourn (with a few others) came over for the 2007 trade for the former Closer Lidge, and then was flipped to Atlanta for Oberholtzer and a package of players.
The other meaningful deal was Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton brought into Houston for outgoing Hunter Pence.
One of the unfortunate deals the team did was for Miguel Tejada, but it certainly didn’t backfire as bad as it could have.
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