In his tenth overall MLB season, Rick Ankiel is on his fourth MLB team after struggling to stay in the Majors since 2010, being designated as a back-up outfielder with the Royals, Braves, and finally the Nationals. As a non-roster invitee, Ankiel has found a home with the Houston Astros organization. It seems clear that with his explosion towards the end of Spring Training that he could potentially earn a spot on the Astros roster. More than likely we will see Ankiel be platooning with J.D Martinez in right field, with Ankiel taking the starting job, and having the young and inexperienced Martinez under him and learning from the ten year veteran, Ankiel. Continue reading
As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the Astros have traded Shortstop Jed Lowrie and pitcher Fernando Rodriguez to the Oakland A’s for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and minor leaguer Max Stassi. Astros mastermind General Manager Jeff Luhnow worked out another amazing trade, getting anybody to agree to take Fernando Rodriguez all on its own is a miracle, but getting more than what he’s worth is astounding. Continue reading
Former left fielder, now first baseman Carlos Lee is considered the main power hitter in the Astros lineup, and is a favorite for the designated hitter for the Astros in the 2013 season when the team will change leagues, from the National League to the American League. The only problem with that notion is that Lee is in the final year in his six-year – $100 million contract.
On the topic of re-signing with Houston after the 2012 season, Lee, in an exclusive interview, said “I’d be happy to do it, but that’s up to the front office and what their plans are” Continue reading