Astros Notes: Wandy Rodriguez, Jeff Lunhow, Rhiner Cruz

HOUSTON - AUGUST 21: Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros looks on from the dugout during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Minute Maid Park on August 21, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston faces a difficult road ahead, but that path became clearer this week with the hiring of sabermetrically-inclined Jeff Lunhow as General Manager. There's also the prospect of facing the suddenly terrifying (and nearly-joined) AL West duopoly in the Angels and Rangers, why Mills returns as manager, Rule 5 draft results, and what the recent Mark Buerhle and C.J. Wilson contracts mean for Houston's Wandy Rodriguez. Let's check in:

  • New Astros GM delivers his plan for success - Ultimate Astros
    "On the player side, further cuts could becoming to a payroll that has been diced in the last two years as the team looks to move veterans Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee and start over from almost nothing beyond cost-controlled pre-arbitration players."
  • New GM Jeff Luhnow has the know-how - Ultimate Astros
    "The first Luhnow pick, center fielder in Colby Rasmus in 2005, because the Cardinals most acclaimed position prospect since Albert Pujols before become the centerpiece of a 2011 trade that brought back pitchers Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel and Mark Rzepczynski. The Luhnow drafts yielded three prospects the Cardinals flipped for left fielder Matt Holliday, as well as key World Series contributors such as pitcher Jaime Garcia and outfielder Allen Craig."
  • Jeff Luhnow Interview (2009) - Beyond the Box Score
    On Sabermetrics: "It is clear that there are numerous very talented and smart people who study the game and develop amazing and true insights. MGL and Tango’s book is a great example of this, as is the work shared and discussed on their website. I’ve had a chance to talk to and work with both of them and they are first rate baseball thinkers. To me, these two and many more like them are an important part of our industry… both in terms of helping shape the game in some ways as well as generating public interest in the analytical part of the game."

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