Valverde rejects arbitration offer. Astros gain payroll flexibility.

It’s impossible to determine how the rest of the offseason will turn out for the Astros, but Jose Valverde’s decision to reject the club’s arbitration offer is a step in the right direction. The club can still negotiate with the closer, but if it loses him to another team, it not only gains draft picks but the Astros will also have a little bit of extra payroll to perhaps fortify their club in other areas.

The Astros will receive a first-round draft pick and a compensation pick between the first and second rounds if Valverde signs with a team selecting 16 through 30 in the draft. Houston will receive a compensation pick between the first and second rounds of the draft along with a second-round pick if Valverde signs with a team selecting in the first 15 picks of the draft.


Read McTaggart’s full rundown of the Valverde saga here.



Best news I’ve heard in a long time. Astros, FORGET ABOUT VALVERDE!!! Closers are overrated and we can NOT afford to be paying a single reliever $8 million plus a year unless Drayton is going to go all-out like the Yankees and Red Sox do. Resign Hawkins to close and maybe another solid back-end guy, and then get us a decent starter, like Myers or Duchscherer.

I can’t believe the front office is standing pat with the rotation “as is.” I don’t understand it. Moehler as a #5 starter…you can forget it. Another thing, all is not well with Roy Oswalt. His body isn’t holding up to the demands that come with being a power pitcher.
So go ahead Houston Astros…get that bench player or 3rd baseman. Do that and this will be your new motto:
“Move over Pittsburgh, the basement is ours.”

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