This is the first in a series of 5 articles that will try to get Pirate fans inside the organizations of the Pirates' NL Central opponents. I explained the rationale behind these articles here.
First up will be the Houston Astros. Frankly, I am shocked that it has finally sunk into Drayton McLane's head that he needs to rebuild. There is an outside chance that Ed Wade sent him on a trip around the world during the trading deadline and didn't tell him about Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman being traded. For the past few years, McLane has held steadfast to the premise that he could just reload and be right in the thick of the NL Central.
Payroll Committments 2011-2014 (does not include arbitration or min-scale players)
2011 -- $35.25 million
2012 -- $24.50 million
2013 -- zero
2014 -- zero
Included in that $35.25M for 2011 is $9 million for Berkman and Oswalt to not play for the Astros in 2011.
Estimated Payroll 2011 (includes arb and min-scale estimates)