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The Bleakness That Is The Houston Astros’ Franchise

The Bleakness That Is The Houston Astros’ Franchise

2012 is important for the Astros to sift through all the recently-added players from 2011's trades and callups from the minors.  The 2012 season will be a pretty bleak season for fans at Minute Maid Park.  -- 2012 Houston Astros Forecast from the 2012 Pirates Prospects Annual.
When I wrote those words in December 2011, I knew things were going to be ugly for the Astros in 2012.  But...wow.  Things are really, really bad for the Astros.  After trading away their last veteran, Wandy Rodriguez to the Pirates, the Astros are now stripped bare.  They have Francisco Cordero making the remainder of his $4.5M salary set this year by the Blue Jays.  After that, the next highest salary is $1.5M by Ben Francisco (also obtained from the Blue Jays) and the $1.1M salary of Jed Lowrie. The rest of the players on the 25-man roster all each make less than $1M.

The Astros started the 2012 season with a $60.8M payroll.  If the season started today, their payroll would be around $18.1M, not counting offs...

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