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Posted on: November 18, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 6:31 pm
 

Astros trade for Rockies' Barmes

Clint Barmes
The Astros announced they have acquired second baseman/shortstop Clint Barmes from the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Felipe Paulino.

Houston was looking to upgrade at both positions, and Barmes will, as it stands now, share playing time with Jeff Keppinger and Tommy Manzella. Barmes, 31, put up a .235/.305/.351 line last season.

Paulino, 27, started 14 games for the Astros last season, going 1-9 with a 5.11 ERA and 4.5 walks per nine innings.

"We're excited to add Clint to our club," Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "He's a plus defensive player at two positions, has gap and some home run power
and has great makeup. It's tough to give up a power arm like Felipe's, but Clint fits a need that we had to address."

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Barmes has been told he will play shortstop by Wade and manager Brad Mills, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com -- and he couldn't be more excited.

"I looked at myself as a shortstop playing second base," Barmes said of his last couple of years in Colorado. "I'm very excited to get the opportunity to play on that side of the field."

With Barmes headed to short, his new double play partner figures to be Jeff Keppinger. That will push either Tommy Manzella or Angel Sanchez into a reserve role or off the team completely.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:21 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 6:22 pm
 

Juan Uribe could be good fit for Astros

Uribe Juan Uribe is making a name for himself in the postseason with two big homers that have propelled the Giants to the cusp of a World Series title.

After several solid years with Colorado and the White Sox, Uribe entered free agency after the 2008 season with his stock down. The Giants inked him to a minor-league deal and brought him to spring training to compete for a job.

Uribe won a spot on the bench and increasingly played his way into relevancy as Edgar Renteria stumbled at shortstop. He finished 2009 with a .289/.329/.495 mark in 432 plate appearances. While he tested free agency again after the year, the then-30-year-old resigned with San Fran for $3.25 million for just one year.

Uribe played the bulk of the season at shortstop thanks to Renteria's ineffectiveness and injuries but moved to third base down the stretch as the team gave up on Pablo Sandoval. In 575 PA, he slashed .241/.310/.440 with 24 home runs, a career high.

Now, Uribe should enter the free agent market with a good chance of securing at least a two-year deal.

One team that could hand him just that is the Astros, as Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle believes that Uribe would be a good fit in Houston.

The Astros have Chris Johnson slated to play third, Jeff Keppinger second and either Tommy Manzella or Angel Sanchez at short. The latter two are not starting-caliber players as they contribute minimally with the bat. Importing Uribe's stick would upgrade the 'Stros shortstop position as well as give the Astros the flexibility to start Manzella and his strong defense at short when Johnson or Keppinger hit the bench as Uribe would simply shift over.

The Astros have a lot of work to do before they can return to the World Series, but the second-half play of the squad proves that Houston can still make noise at the major-league level. Uribe would certainly help raise the decibel level.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 14, 2010 7:21 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:57 am
 

R.I.P. Astros: Moving on

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the Houston Astros.

Few teams were as bad as the Astros were in the first part of the season, and then few teams were as good as the Astros in the second half of the season.

Carlos Lee WHAT WENT WRONG

When I see Carlos Lee (pictured), I sometimes I think of the line in "Major League" when Charlie Donovan says, "I forgot about Dorn, because he's jolly high-priced." Lee owed $37 million through the next two seasons.

Lee didn't hit a homer in the season's first month, entered June with a .206 batting average and finished the season hitting .246/.291/.417 with 24 homers and 89 RBI. He's a below-average designated hitter that plays in the National League.

It's not to say Lee was all that was wrong with the Astros. Others struggled, such as Lance Berkman and Pedro Felice.

What may have been more devastating was seeing prospects the team had been counting on, such Tommy Manzella, Jason Castro and J.R. Towles struggle.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Brad Mills A lot of credit has to go to first-year manager Brad Mills. The team went 40-59 in their first 99 games of the season before finishing 36-27 the rest of the way. Mills also did it without some of his high-priced talent, as the team jettisoned Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman and Pedro Feliz.

Third baseman Chris Johnson had a good season, going .308/.337/.481 with 11 homers. Hunter Pence cashed in on the promise he'd shown early in his career, hitting .282/.325/.461 with 25 home runs, 91 RBI and 18 stolen bases.

The team relied on good starting pitching during its good streak from Brett Myers, Wandy Rodriguez, Bud Norris and J.A. Happ, and all four of those starters return for 2011.

HELP ON THE WAY

Ugh. Not really. That's the problem with cutting your losses and going young -- you need young players to replace the old ones. It's cheaper, but the Astros have one of the worst farm systems in the majors.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The second half of the season raised the bar for the Astros, so fans will be expecting at least a .500 team, if not a run at the NL Central title.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Astros took the right direction during the season, trading Berkman and Oswalt.

Houston has Berkan, Oswalt, Feliz and Kaz Matsui off the books, but there's not a whole to to spend that money on in free agency.

Although Berkman had hinted that he wanted to return to Houston, the teams needs to resist nostalgia and give Brett Wallace a chance at first base.

2011 PREDICTION

The optimism from the last part of 2010 will be gone by the All-Star break and the team will finish ahead of the Pirates in the National League Central, but won't be challenging for a title.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:27 pm
 

Astros rookie SS to DL


Tommy Manzella Astros rookie shortstop Tommy Manzella will miss six weeks  with a fractured left finger, the Houston Chronicle 's Bernardo Fallas reports .

Manzella suffered the broken finger in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's loss to the Giants in an attempt to make a catch.

The Astros called up infielder Oswaldo Navarro from Triple-A and placed Mazella on the 15-day disabled list.

Geoff Blum is starting Wednesday night at shortstop. Second baseman Jeff Keppinger can also play shortstop.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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