I don’t have to be excited about this, do I? On the plus side, there’s a commitment to restocking the minor-league system, with good points for getting two draft picks for Jose Valverde. On the minus side are the contracts to Kaz Matsui and Brandon Lyon. And Shawn Chacon. And Russ Ortiz. And Mike Hampton.
It has been my contention for a while that Ed Wade’s marching orders are pretty simple: Rebuild the farm system and don’t finish last in the meantime. So far he’s done well on that. He may not make the second goal this year.
from Houston Astros News by Brian McTaggart
The Astros have extended the contract of general manager Ed Wade through 2012, the club announced on Saturday.