First things first: Roy Oswalt was a terrific Astro, and Lance Berkman may have been the best Astro. I guess you’d have to put Biggio first and Bagwell second, but I have always liked Berkman and I wish him well.
However, suddenly the Astros are a rebooted franchise with only one obvious millstone — the sad contract of Carlos Lee. I don’t know if they have the parts to make it work, but finally they’ve given up hope that the ’05 Astros can compete in 2010 and beyond.
Even with the $19 million owed to Lee next year and the following, they can manage to put a functional team on the field. So you can move me out of the “hopeless” camp and into the “hopeful” one.