Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Carlos Beltran's Unrequited Love For Anaheim
The Astros have been told that the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes are "yours to lose." ...Of course, this could omit the all-important part that says "we're not interested in $200M/10 years". Boras waits... and waits... and waits.
New York newspapers have reported that the Yankees will offer $13 million a year. The Cubs will also be serious players, but the Angels, who are believed to be Beltran's first choice, may not be interested.
In that same story: the Astros are considering signing former Angel and Houston native Ben Weber?
[Weber] was one of the American League's best relievers between 2001 and 2003, but pitched just 18 games last season because of carpal tunnel syndrome. He was a key member of the bullpen that helped the Angels win the 2002 World Series. He's also a Houston native. If Weber is healthy, he could help filling those innings between the starter and closer Brad Lidge.Tell me again how dealing Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner in the course of two years was a good idea. I'm forgetting now, exactly, how that was supposed to work.
Either way, I’m sure he’ll be an effective reliever in the future, no matter what inning he’s pitching - his peripherals were still mighty impressive.