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Monday, December 01, 2008
Hampton to the AstrosThat's what ESPN is reporting anyway:
Pitcher Mike Hampton has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Houston Astros pending a physical exam, two baseball sources told ESPN.com. The contract will pay Hampton a base salary of about $2 million plus incentives, the source said . . .
I am a Braves fan who doesn't hold anything personal against Mike Hampton, but I would have bet my children that he's been with Atlanta for at least the last 67 years.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 4:28pm
Yeah, it’s hard to hold his injuries against him. We always heard how he was working so hard to get back. Still, it appears his loyalty/guilt to the Braves didn’t last too long.
Posted 12/01 at 05:38 PM
Wow. I wouldn’t have guessed he was even still an active player.
Posted 12/01 at 06:08 PM
Zach Sanders said...
Does anyone here truly think that Hampton is worth anything? Sure, he’s a worthwhile risk if you get him at a low price, which they did, but his injury history is just a little to much to pay 2 million for.
I’d be willing to go 1 million with major incentives (20 starts = extra 2.5 mil)
Posted 12/01 at 07:19 PM
I think he is. It’s worth the gamble. If he stays healthy, he’s a good back-of-the-rotation guy, and if he gets hurt, it was only $2M. I’m betting he ends up as one of the steals of the off-season (granted, I thought he was due for a comeback season this year, and that didn’t exactly pan out). It’s a guess, but for the Astros, it was a cheap one.
Posted 12/01 at 08:57 PM
Actually saw him pitch a couple times last year, and really he didn’t look all that bad. He was at least serviceable. If the injury thing is finally over, he may be able to make a little out of this, although being a lefty and pitching in MM may be a small problem. As far as the loyalty to ATL thing, I kinda think they may want to go in another direction now.
Posted 12/01 at 09:02 PM
Two million seems a bit high considering at best he’s a number 3 or 4. Prior only got 1 I thought and he could be an ace. Considering word out of Houston has the Current Payroll at 20 million more than the target, I would say this is not a solution.
Posted 12/02 at 01:45 AM