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The future of Cecil Cooper

Major league sources have informed Ken Rosenthal that Cecil Cooper's managerial job is in serious jeopardy. The Astros are 63-70, 15.5 games back behind the Cardinals. The Astros have been pretty flat all year, and Cooper hasn't done much to spark his players. Besides Wandy Rodriguez and Roy Oswalt, Cooper really did not have much to work with the pitching staff. The back-end of the bullpen was pretty good, but the offense did not build on each other like it should have.

As for possible replacements, Rosenthal mentions Jim Fregosi, currently working in the Atlanta Braves front office. Fregosi worked with Astros GM Ed Wade in Philadelphia and also interviewed for Drayton McLane back in 2001 when the job was awarded to Jimmy Williams.

Another option could be Brewers bench coach Willie Randoplh. A year to really familiarize himself with the NL Central could prove beneficial as a manager, if he were to jump ships to their division rival. Rosenthal also mentions Ron Wotus of the Giants as another option.