Thank you, Jose Valverde

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.

via MLB Rumors – by Ben Nicholson-Smith on 12/7/09

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.


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