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Houston is not even an NL team...they are a AAA team
i have to laugh listening to EEI yesterday morning that mentioned the Yanks have four players who make more $ than the entire Houston payroll...what a disgrace MLB is - the fourth largest city in America with that kind of payroll/ownership
Dempster does look good though...and durable
Actually, the Astros are a surprisingly good team.
Their record might be deciving, as they are 0-6 against Oakland. But heading into yesterday's game, they had scored as many runs as the Tigers and Angels. Had Dempster shut down either of thse teams, no one would be crying "inferior competition."
Unlike Miami, Houston did a smart job rebuilding and have put together a team with a very strong defense up the middle and around the infield in general (Altuve, Gonzalez and Dominguez could all win Gold Gloves at some point). Offensively, they have found some decent castoffs and taken advantage. Chris Carter being the most noteworthy.
They have a long ways to go, but this team is already much better than I expected them to be at any point this season...
I think Miami has done an ingenious job of rebuilding. Some it is injury, and some of it is under-performance, but How many of those guys are they going to miss? If they could take back Hanley, Sanchez, Johnson, Buerlhe, Reyes, Bonafacio, and Buck, they'd still be in last.
Instead, they saved $71M this year, and are much better positioned to compete in 3 years.
They basically did the same thing we did.
Some of those guys did really look like deadweight last season, and they did net a lot of topflight prospects in return, one or two of whom might pan out. Long term, Miami had to do better, since Houston made all their progress in MLB and did very little to build their borderline barren minor league system. Their MLB team, while not good, is better than many realize. And MLB is the level whre the money is made. Defensively, they might be the best team in MLB, and are definitely in the argument. MLB defense is not the exciting type of thing that brings in the fans, but does make for a better overall team.
To say the Marlins would be in last with these players is a bit of an assumption. They might have been able to string together some wins like a lot of other early season surprises (Boston, the Mets) and looked like a competitive team.
The Marlins might have done some nice future things, but they are really hurting themselves by using Fernandez this season, and not only because of the years/control issue. Also, their future is heavily dependant on whther or not they move Stanton this offseason when he becomes arbitration eligible.
Obviously, the real issue with the Marlins is that they had a firesale so soon after getting a tax-finded stadium. There are very serious risks with dealing major leaguers to rebuild the farm is it rarely works out, and more often than not, you wind up with a cheap team and a steady stream of hope for the future. Itr can work, and has in Miami. When the Marlins sold off the 1997 team, they already won a title, and then dealt those players for some guys who were key in 2003. But most of the time these teams that keep rebuilding their minor league system wind up with nothing more than an overhyped minor league system and a reduced MLB payroll. And a lot of 60-70 win seasons...