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New Astros GM already a master in the art of saying nothing

Feb 28, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

Jeff Luhnow AP

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow did a Q&A session with Astros fans Tuesday. While it was nice to see him reaching out to the community, he wasn’t exactly illuminating with most of his answers. Alyson Footer has the full transcript, which includes some of the following gems:

Q: What do the Astros have this year that they didn’t have in 2011?
Luhnow: We have added some new players into the mix. We have a clean slate from which to start. We have a few new coaches. We have young players who are one year more experienced. We have prospects that are one year closer. All good elements that should lead to us performing well above expectations.

Q: What will it take to get the 2012 Pennant?
JL: We have to have a winning mindset and attitude. We need to expect to win every series, and every game. If we work hard and smart and get some breaks along the way, we will be a competitive team.

Q: Last year we saw Altuve, Martinez, Paredes and Lyles (just to name a few) get called up and make big contributions. Are Cosart, Singleton, Foltynewicz, Springer or any other of our prospects ready to make that leap this season?
JL: I expect the guys who came up last year will be able to contribute more this year. There will be some new rookies this year, but only time will tell who they are. Those are all good names that you mention.

Fortunately, Luhnow did get a little more specific towards the end of the session, so it is worth a read if you happen to be interested in the Astros.

  1. jwbiii - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    I don’t think the cap will negatively affect our ability to find and sign good players

    as we are $115 M under it.

    • stex52 - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Well said. Even with the exorbitant amount Crane paid for the Astros, they could support roughly double their projected 2012 budget if they put a winning product on the field.

      • rooney24 - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        But, they don’t have the talent to put a winning product on the field. Nor do they have easy ways to get talent quickly. They could have thrown some more money at some fringe free agents, but no big names would go there until they rebuild their core from inside. And, that takes time. No reason to carry a larger than needed payroll while getting there.

      • stex52 - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        We were all responding to the wrong statement. Luhnow was referring to the cap on recruiting money for Caribbean players.

        But while we are at it, I don’t disagree with you. But I still maintain the money should not be a problem for any move they decide to make at their present salary structure.

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