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No, the Astros are not shopping Brett Myers

Apr 16, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

Brett Myers

Yesterday Bob Nightengale of USA Today said that the Astros were shopping closer Brett Myers. Today Astros GM Jeff Lunhow says nopers:

Seems rather early for people to be shopping closers. Don’t you wait until someone is desperate? And no, I don’t count the Giants as desperate yet given that they have viable in-house options to replace Brian Wilson.

  1. baseballisboring - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Red Sox are kinda desperate. But you know…Brett Myers…eh…

  2. spudchukar - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Hey the Astros are 4-5 and in second place in the NL Central. Shopping their closer now would discourage the few hopeful Houston fans left. Throw the management a bone. They need to be allowed to revel in whatever glory they can conjure up. It isn’t going to last, and Meyers will be out there soon enough.

    • stex52 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      Speaking as an Astro fan, I would not go so far as to say we have great hopes. But Myers can eat some innings, and most of the younger pitchers are unproven for a lot of innings. I am not sure they need to pitcch his innings-eating potential until they get a little further down the road.

      • xmatt0926x - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        He can eat the innings, but are they quality innings? He’ll also “take the ball every 5th day” but that likely won’t be much better. Myers was a decent pitcher for stretches for the Phillies when he still had a fastball. He then lost about 30 lbs on a “diet” a few years back and his fastball was in the high 80’s and his career of mediocre at best pitching began. Anyone relying on him to close for a winning team would be crazy.

      • stex52 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:48 PM

        Given team expectations, a live arm will do. Two years ago he put in a lot of quality innnings. Can he do it now? I don’t know. But they could easily be putting up a lot of minor league arms very quickly and bringing kids along too fast.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Aww, Berman didn’t actually say “nopers.” Way to tease, Shyster!

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