Originally written February 20, 2013 on Diamond Hoggers:
The Houston Astro embark on a new journey in the AL.  Many years ago (not that many, but more than some) the Milwaukee Brewers left the AL Central and ventured into the NL Central giving the NL 16 teams to the AL’s 14.  In order to rectify this great inequity, the Astros are being moved to the AL.  It’s not too tragic.  They were an expansion team, have never won the World Series for the NL, and will get a great regional rival with Texas.  Unfortunately, the rivalry won’t be much to speak of for the next few season.  While the Rangers have plenty of talent, the Astros are trying desperately to acquire it.  They have a minuscule payroll and their highest paid player makes $3M.  Felix Hernandez now makes $25M. Let’s take a closer look at the Astros. Major Off-Season Moves: Cut salary. Cut salary. Cut salary. Signed SP Erik Bedard. Signed 1B Carlos Pena. Acquired OF/DH Chris Carter from Oakland. The Astros traded away what they could to acquire prospects.  It’s tough to evaluate an o...
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