Ed Wade’s gamble pays off here, enabling him to either sign Valverde at a negotiated price or get two draft picks next year. For a team that has as many holes as the Astros do, the draft picks are a wonderful thing.A 74-win team that desperately needs to get younger and has payroll problems does not need an expensive closer.
Jose Valverde turned down the Astros’ offer of arbitration, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Valverde, a Type A free agent, remains on the open market. If the Astros don’t sign him, they’ll receive two high draft picks – one from the team that signs Valverde and one supplementary rounder.