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Who Owned Baseball July 26, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Yunel Escobar reached base 6 times, including a double and helped the Angels throttle the World Champion Royals, 13-0.

Tyler Skaggs pitched his first big league game since 2014 and threw 7 shutout innings, allowing just 3 Royals hits and cruised to an easy 13-0 decision for the Angels.

Brandon Crawford collected 3 hits, including a triple, scoring 2 and driving in 2, to help clinch a 9-7 San Francisco win over the Reds.

Bud Norris gave the Dodgers 6 1/3 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and struck out 6 Rays, earning the 3-2 victory.

They All Owned Baseball on July 26, 2016.

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Earning 1/2 WOBs:

Marwin Gonzalez hit a pair of homers in the Astros 6-3 loss to the Yankees.

Ervin Santana threw a complete game, allowing 2 runs and walking none. But he took a hard luck loss as the Twins were blanked by the Braves, 2-0.

Adam Duvall homered twice, driving in 3 but the Reds fell short in San Francisco, 9-7.

Jerad Eickhoff struck out 8 in 7 innings, surrendering 1 run. He took the loss as Philadelphia were topped by Miami, 5-0.

 

2016 WOB Leaders for the National League Hitters,

Freddie Freeman, 5 1/2,

Daniel Murphy, 5 1/2,

Nolan Arenado, 4 1/2,

Trevor Story, 4 1/2,

Kris Bryant, 4,

Chris Carter, 4,

Melvin Upton Jr., 4,

Starling Marte, 3 1/2,

Marcell Ozuna, 3 1/2,

Gregory Polanco, 3 1/2,

Brandon Belt, 3,

Jay Bruce, 3,

Matt Carpenter, 3,

DJ LeMahieu, 3,

Nick Markakis, 3,

Andrew McCutchen, 3,

Wilson Ramos, 3,

Brandon Crawford, 2 1/2,

Wil Myers, 2 1/2,

Chase Utley, 2 1/2,

Aledmys Diaz, 2,

Carlos Gonzalez, 2,

Odubel Herrera, 2,

Aaron Hill, 2,

Tommy Joseph, 2,

Matt Kemp, 2,

Jake Lamb, 2,

Yangervis Solarte, 2,

Giancarlo Stanton, 2,

Ichiro Suzuki, 2,

Yasmany Tomas, 2,

Justin Turner, 2,

Michael Bourn, 1 1/2,

Michael Conforto, 1 1/2,

Maikel Franco, 1 1/2,

Adonis Garcia, 1 1/2,

Paul Goldschmidt, 1 1/2,

Curtis Granderson, 1 1/2,

Jeremy Hazelbaker, 1 1/2,

Cesar Hernandez, 1 1/2,

Chris Herrmann, 1 1/2,

Mark Reynolds, 1 1/2,

Corey Seager,1 1/2,

Jean Segura, 1 1/2,

Christian Yelich, 1 1/2,

 

2016 WOB Leaders for the National League Pitcher,

Clayton Kershaw, 7,

Jose Fernandez, 6 1/2,

Max Scherzer, 6,

Stephen Strasburg, 6,

Jon Lester, 5 1/2,

Jake Arrieta, 5,

Madison Bumgarner, 5,

Drew Pomeranz, 4 1/2, (NL ONLY)

Jeremy Hellickson, 4,

Bartolo Colon, 3 1/2,

Johnny Cueto, 3 1/2,

Jacob deGrom, 3 1/2,

Steven Matz, 3 1/2,

Noah Syndergaard, 3 1/2, (1 as hitter)

Julio Teheran, 3 1/2,

Francisco Liriano, 3,

Kenta Maeda, 3,

Jeff Samardzija, 3,

Adam Conley, 2 1/2,

 

2016 WOB Leaders for American League Hitter,

Jose Altuve, 5,

Mookie Betts, 5,

Robinson Cano, 4,

George Springer, 4,

Khris Davis, 3 1/2,

Miguel Cabrera, 3,

Josh Donaldson, 3,

Ian Kinsler, 2 1/2,

Manny Machado, 3 1/2,

Dustin Pedroia, 3 1/2,

Victor Martinez, 3,

Rougned Odor, 3,

Nelson Cruz, 2 1/2,

Edwin Encarnacion, 2 1/2,

Eric Hosmer, 2 1/2,

Evan Longoria, 2 1/2,

David Ortiz, 2 1/2,

Michael Saunders, 2 1/2,

Kurt Suzuki, 2 1/2,

Mike Trout, 2 1/2,

Jackie Bradley Jr., 2,

Lonnie Chisenhall, 2,

Chris Davis, 2,

Ryan Goins, 2,

Brandon Guyer, 2,

Jose Ramirez, 2,

Steven Souza Jr., 2,

Mark Trumbo, 2,

Justin Upton, 2,

Danny Valencia, 2,

Carlos Beltran, 1 1/2,

Xander Bogaerts, 1 1/2,

Melky Cabrera, 1 1/2,

Lorenzo Cain, 1 1/2,

Carlos Correa, 1 1/2,

Cheslor Cuthbert, 1 1/2,

Rajai Davis, 1 1/2,

Brian Dozier, 1 1/2,

Jarrod Dyson, 1 1/2,

Yunel Escobar, 1 1/2,

Todd Frazier, 1 1/2,

Brett Lawrie, 1 1/2,

Adam Lind, 1 1/2,

Kendrys Morales, 1 1/2,

Trevor Plouffe, 1 1/2,

Colby Rasmus, 1 1/2,

Jonathan Schoop, 1 1/2,

Stephen Vogt, 1 1/2,

2016 WOB Leaders for American League Pitcher,

Corey Kluber 9,

Chris Sale, 4 1/2,

Hector Santiago, 4 1/2,

Rich Hill, 4,

Colby Lewis, 4,

David Price, 4,

Jose Quintana, 3 1/2,

Aaron Sanchez, 3 1/2,

Matt Shoemaker, 3 1/2,

Trevor Bauer, 3,

Carlos Carrasco, 3,

Michael Fulmer, 3,

J.A. Happ, 3,

Dallas Keuchel, 3,

Danny Salazar, 3,

Ervin Santana, 3,

Steven Wright, 3,

Danny Duffy, 2 1/2,

Doug Fister, 2 1/2,

Ian Kennedy, 2 1/2,

Matt Moore, 2 1/2,

Marcus Stroman, 2 1/2,

Justin Verlander, 2 1/2,

Edinson Volquez, 2 1/2,

Nathan Eovaldi, 2,

Kevin Gausman, 2,

Kendall Graveman, 2,

Cole Hamels, 2,

Wade Miley, 2,

Yordano Ventura, 2,

Jordan Zimmermann, 2,

Matt Boyd, 1 1/2,

Marco Estrada, 1 1/2,

Sonny Gray, 1 1/2,

Derek Holland, 1 1/2,

Sean Manaea, 1 1/2,

Jake Odorizzi, 1 1/2,

Masahiro Tanaka, 1 1/2,

Chris Tillman, 1 1/2,

 

Guys Who Have Multi League WOBs,

James Shields 2 (Padres 1, White Sox 1)

 

Guys Who Owned Baseball For One Day In 2016 MLB,

( Pedro Alvarez, Chase Anderson, Matt Andriese, Elvis AndrusChris Archer, Javier Baez,  Adrian Beltre,  Justin Bour, Trevor Brown, Nick Castellanos, Welington Castillo, Jhoulys Chacin, Tyler Chatwood, Gerrit Cole, Hank Conger, C.J. Cron, Jorge De La Rosa, Anthony DeSclafaniTyler Duffey, Adam Duval, Adam Eaton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Danny Espinosa, Wilmer Flores, Evan Gattis, Kyle Gibson, Conor Gillaspie, Mychal Givens, Tyler Goeddel, Miguel Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, Junior Guerra, A.J. Griffin, Jedd Gyorko, Jesse Hahn, Jason Hammel, Bryce Harper, Will HarrisChase Headley, Adeiny Hechavarria, Enrique Hernandez, Kyle HendricksMatt Holliday,  Brock Holt, Phil Hughes, Jon Jay, Matt Joyce, Jason Kipnis, Tom Koehler, Mat Latos, Wade LeBlanc, Dae-Ho Lee, Jed Lowrie, Russell Martin, J.D. Martinez, Nomar Mazara, Brian McCannBrandon McCarthy,  Collin McHugh, Jordy Mercer, Brad Miller, Charlie Morton, Brandon Moss, Tyler Naquin, Ricky Nolasco, Bud Norris, Joe Panik, Chris Parmelee, James Paxton, Jake Peavy, Joc Pederson, David Phelps, Michael Pineda, Martin Prado, Albert PujolsAlexei Ramirez, Josh Reddick, Colin Rea, Anthony Rizzo, Alex Rodriguez, Eddie Rosario, Ryan Rua, Cameron Rupp, Carlos Santana, Marcus Semien, Travis Shaw, James Shields (AL ONLY), James Shields (NL ONLY), Tyler Skaggs, Drew Smyly, Blake SnellEugenio Suarez, Jameson Taillon, Chris TaylorTroy Tulowitzki, Luis Valbuena, Vincent Velasquez, Neil Walker, Taijuan Walker, Jered Weaver, Jayson Werth, Tyler White, Matt Wieters, Alex Wood, David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, Ben Zobrist, )

Guys Who Owned Earned 1/2 A WOB 2016 MLB,

( Jose Abreu, Matt Adams, Oswaldo Arcia, Cody Asche, Erick Aybar, Darwin Barney, Jose Bautista, Gordon Beckham, Brandon Belt, Peter Bourjos, Ryan Braun, Marlon Byrd, Matt Cain, Kole Calhoun, Francisco Cervelli, Robinson ChirinosCoco Crisp, Zach DaviesIvan De Jesus, Ian Desmond, Chris Devenski, R.A. Dickey, Brandon Drury, Lucas Duda, Brett Eibner, Scott Feldman, Brandon Finnegan, Mike Foltynewicz, Dexter Fowler, Christian Friedrich, Adonis Garcia, Oswaldo Garcia, Matt Garza, Scooter Gennett, Johnny Giavotella Gio Gonzalez, Marwin Gonzalez, Alex Gordon, Dee Gordon, Didi Gregorius, Billy Hamilton, Matt Harvey, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kenley JansenAdam Jones, Kevin Kiermaier, Hyun Soo Kim, Ketel Marte, Michael Martinez, Kris Medlen, Taylor Motter, Logan Morrison, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ivan Nova, Eduardo Nunez, Angel Pagan, Byung-ho Park, Jarrett Parker, Gerardo Parra, David Peralta, Hernan Perez, Tommy PhamStephen Piscotty, Buster PoseyAlex PresleyHanley Ramirez, J.T. Realmuto, Jose Reyes, Carlos Rodon, CC Sabathia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Danny Santana, Kyle Seager, Mallex Smith, Dan Straily, Michael Taylor, Devon Travis, Nick Tropeano, Jose Urena, Cesar Vargas, Carlos Villanueva, Jonathan Villar, Joey Votto, Adam Warren, Matt Wisler, )

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Astros’ Prospect, Alex Bregman, Hit In The Head By A 94 MPH Fastball

Many Houston Astros and fantasy baseball fans have been wondering when Alex Bregman will finally make his MLB debut. Unfortunately, it might be delayed after taking a fastball to the head on Monday night. Luckily Bregman got up on his own power and he seems to be okay, but he sat out last night as a precautionary measure. Hopefully this event doesn’t hurt Bregman physically or his approach at the plate.

 

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Marwin Gonzalez, A Man Of Many Talents, Versatility, and A Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

The Houston Astros finished second in the Majors with 230 HRs as a club in 2015, based on 11 guys with 10+ HRs - and 2 more players with 9.  Houston will try to cut down on leading the American League with 1392 Strikeouts in 2015, that came from 7 different guys possessing over 100+ Strikeouts each.  The squad also led the AL with SB in 121.  As a sign of a complete team, Marwin Gonzalez was a perfect compliment to the starters, clubbing 12 HRs and adding 34 RBI in his 344 AB in 2015.

The Houston Astros finished second in the Majors with 230 HRs as a club in 2015, based on 11 guys with 10+ HRs – and 2 more players with 9. Houston will try to cut down on leading the American League with 1392 Strikeouts in 2015, that came from 7 different guys possessing over 100+ Strikeouts each. The squad also led the AL with SB in 121. As a sign of a complete team, Marwin Gonzalez was a perfect compliment to the starters, clubbing 12 HRs and adding 34 RBI among a .759 OPS in his 344 AB for 2015.

Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com) 

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Many fantasy owners overlook the value of Houston Astros utility man, Marwin Gonzalez. At only 27 years old, he should be entering his prime in the next few years and will make a big impact for many fantasy baseball owners.

Gonzalez provides positional versatility that could take your fantasy baseball roster to the next level. In 2015, he played 15 games in left field, 15 games at second base, 21 games at third base, 32 games at shortstop, and 43 games at first base.

Based off of normal fantasy baseball positional requirements (minimum of 10 games for positional eligibility), Marwin Gonzalez will be eligible at every infield position and the outfield (left field specifically).

While Marwin Gonzalez has a lot of value in his positional eligibility, he also has tons of value in his ability to produce above average statistics. To view the rest of the article, click the link below:

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Why The Houston Astros Have The Brightest Future In Major League Baseball

Carlos Correa was the 1st overall pick in the 2012 Amateur Draft for the Houston Astros. He came up in early June and proceeded to win the American League Rookie Of The Year Award with a 3 Slash of .279/.345/.512 with 22 HRs (led all shortstops in the MLB) and 22 Doubles in just 99 Games. This type of production will change the complexion of the team for the next 6 years. He is just going to be 21 for all of next season - and he looks exactly like a young Alex Rodriguez. In his 1st postseason action, Correa smacked 2 HRs in that pivotal game 4 of the ALDS for Houston, staking them to a 6 - 2 lead before the Bullpen gave up the game.

Carlos Correa was the 1st overall pick in the 2012 Amateur Draft for the Houston Astros. He came up in early June and proceeded to win the American League Rookie Of The Year Award with a 3 Slash of .279/.345/.512 with 22 HRs (led all shortstops in the MLB) and 22 Doubles in just 99 Games. This type of production will change the complexion of the team for the next 6 years. He is just going to be 21 for all of next season – and he looks exactly like a young Alex Rodriguez. In his 1st postseason action, Correa smacked 2 HRs in that pivotal game 4 of the ALDS for Houston, staking them to a 6 – 2 lead before the Bullpen gave up the game.

Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com)  

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The Houston Astros had some very rough years from 2011 to 2013 (162-324 record).

While this was a tough time for the Major League Organization, their Minor League affiliates were thriving. Luckily for the Astros, a lot of their young talent has made their way through the minors and has finally landed in the big leagues.

This youth movement has helped the team drastically. Many baseball experts and fans didn’t predict the Astros to compete in 2015, but they proved them wrong.

In 2015, they made the playoffs for the first time since 2005. They accomplished this feat while having the 6th youngest roster in Major League Baseball (Average age of 26.7 years old).

If the Astros were this successful with a roster with so little Major League experience, then can you imagine what they will do once their talent matures throughout the next few seasons?

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Houston Astros State Of The Union For 2016

The Houston Astros were the worst team in the Major Leagues from 2011 - 2013, where they topped the 100 Loss barrier for each of those seasons, underwent an ownership change, and also moved from the tough NL Central to the AL West. Last year the Astros finally turned the corner with the 2nd Wild Card Spot, won that game in New York and took the KC Royals to the brink of elimination before they lost. They are young, have a core nucleus of team controllable superstars and exceptional depth that they can use for upgrades. It is a great time to be a 'Stros fan.

The Houston Astros were the worst team in the Major Leagues from 2011 – 2013, where they topped the 100 Loss barrier for each of those seasons, underwent an ownership change, and also moved from the tough NL Central to the AL West. Last year the Astros finally turned the corner with the 2nd Wild Card Spot, won that game in New York and took the KC Royals to the brink of elimination before they lost. They are young, have a core nucleus of team controllable superstars and exceptional depth that they can use for upgrades. It is a great time to be a ‘Stros fan.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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The Houston Astros are set to contend for the foreseeable future.  A 6 year stretch in which they revamped their entire Minor League System – and kept payroll down to grab top Draft Picks finally reeled in the teams 1st playoff spot in a decade in 2016.

After taking a 6 – 2 lead in Game 4 of the ALDS series against the Royals with  2 – 1 lead the Bullpen coughed up the margin – with the club also losing the next game to the eventual World Series winner.

It was a tough lesson to learn in the postseason – but it may be the 1st of many appearances in October in the near future.

The #1 task of acquiring a lock down Closer has been addressed in the recent trade for Ken Giles.  Yes it cost them Brett Oberholtzer, former #1 overall Draft Pick Mark Appel, and a few other prospects, but it also sets up the nucleus core for 4 – 5 more years.

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Houston Astros Roster In 2014 Part 1: How All Of The Hitters Were Acquired

The Astros decided to rebuild a few years ago  In doing so they traded away Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee, at first, and then have since also traded Bud Norris, Jed Lowrie, Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes.  Many of the transactions have given the team many of its current roster today, with many of the players also with the organization - while hardly any of the departing guys are with the team that dealt for them.  Today is the 1st part of a 2 parter seeing how the current club was assembled by the Astros.

The Astros decided to rebuild a few years ago In doing so they traded away Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee, at first, and then have since also traded Bud Norris, Jed Lowrie, Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes. Many of the transactions have given the team many of its current roster today, with many of the players also with the organization – while hardly any of the departing guys are with the team that dealt for them. Today is the 1st part of a 2 parter seeing how the current club was assembled by the Astros.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the Houston Astros – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching. 

It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.

Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.

If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.

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Houston Astros State Of The Union Address: Fall 2013

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.

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.  Now with 3 105+ Loss seasons, and back to back 1st overall picks, the team has begun the process.  An ownership changed mirrored the last transference of all the remaining Veterans from the previous regime.  How long will it take for the Astros to compete again?

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The Astros had one of the easiest years to peg down in the game of baseball for 2013.

They were horrible early, traded away every possible Veteran that were making any kind of cash on the Major League Level, and then proceeded to be even worse after the ALL – Star Game.

The worst part of the campaign was left for the end, where they promptly lost their last 15 games – to finish with a record of 51 – 111.

It was their 3rd straight 100+ Loss season.  But overlooking the obvious is that they actual drew a few more fans in 2013 – compared to 2012.

That was more a symptom of the club moving to the American League.  At least they were not last in the league for Attendance, like payroll.

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The Houston Astros Payroll in 2014 + Organization: Affiliates, Prospects + Depth Charts (MLB + MiLB)

The Astros have scaled their Payroll to miniscule proportions.  As of this minute, the players they have signed - that aren't on entry level deals, equals $4.37 MIL, and that is if the club picks up their Team Option on Philip Humber for 2014.  The only other player that makes more than an entry level is Jose Altuve at $1.37 MIL in 2014.  The club is paying more in dead money to Wandy Rodriguez ($5.5 MIL in 2014) as part of the 2012 Trade worked out between clubs.

The Astros have scaled their Payroll to miniscule proportions. As of this minute, the players they have signed – that aren’t on entry level deals, equals $4.37 MIL, and that is if the club picks up their Team Option on Philip Humber for 2014. The only other player that makes more than an entry level is Jose Altuve at $1.37 MIL in 2014. The club is paying more in dead money to Wandy Rodriguez ($5.5 MIL in 2014) as part of the 2012 Trade worked out between clubs.  It has been bantered about that the ownership and management are willing to spend some money in Free Agency for 2014.  MLB currently does not have a floor for Team Salary in the current CBA, so why would the club do that until they are ready to compete?

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): and Jeff Kleiner (Salary, Roster and Depth Chart Expert for the MLB) – visit his website  here  

A 3rd straight season with 105+ Losses, and 15 straight losses to finish the 2013 campaign does not give the fans very much to look forward to in 2014.

I am here to tell you that the MLB should be ashamed of letting the Houston Astros field such an incompetent team.

Having said this, I don’t personally blame them for tanking it over the last 3 years.  They are the other ‘extreme’ – of what the New York Yankees and LA Dodgers have done payroll wise.

Last season at the end of the year, their highest paid player for the Active Roster was Erik Bedard, making $1.1 MIL.

If they keep picking 1st overall, it is only a matter of time before the team becomes very good, just like the Rays, Nationals, Twins and Pirates have all done in recent times.

For the Up to Date Roster for the Astros all year around, please visit Jeff’s Website right here

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The Astros Miss Out On Reid Brignac

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Brignac is known as more of a defensive specialist than anything.  He has a Career 3 Slash Line of .227/.268/.586.  He has to be extremely elated to be heading to hitter - friendly Coors Field.  He is Arbitration Eligible in 2014.

Brignac is known as more of a defensive specialist than anything. He has a Career 3 Slash Line of .227/.268/.586. The Shortstop/Second Baseman has to be extremely elated to be heading to hitter – friendly Coors Field. He is Arbitration Eligible in 2014.

By Lee White (Astros Correspondent) 

Since the Astros traded Jed Lowrie about a week ago, the Houston Astros have been looking at acquiring another shortstop. Reid Brignac, Rays shortstop, was on the Astros radar.

The Colorado Rockies acquired Infielder Reid Brignac from the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations. Brignac bounced around between Triple-A and the Rays last season. He hit .095 in 16 games for the Tampa Bay Rays last season. The 27-year-old Brignac was a Second-Round Pick by the Rays in the Amateur Draft of 2004.

Reid Brignac Highlights:  Mature Lyrics So Parental Guidance is advised:

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Houston Astros Payroll In 2013 And Contracts Going Forward

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Nicholas Rossoletti (Baseball Writer):

The 2013 Houston Astros payroll is one of the stranger payrolls to look at given the current state of baseball where player’s salaries seem to be ever-increasing.  Before Dec.18, the Astros were paying exactly one player above One Million Dollars annually.  That player was shortstop, Jed Lowrie. Then, the team added 1B/DH Carlos Pena to its roster on a one year deal for approximately $2.9 Million according to reports and reliever, Jose Veras on a 1 Year/$1.85 Million dollar deal.  Thats it.  Three players earning more than a Million Dollars on a professional baseball franchise approximately sixty (60) days until pitchers and catchers report. (Please note that the Astros are rumored to be interested in signing Third Baseman Jose Lopez who may be added to this list). These are your 2013 Houston Astros, who are a far cry from the Astros of the mid-2000’s who signed Andy Pettite, Roger Clemens, traded for Carlos Beltran and made a run at a World Series.  Read the rest of this entry

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