Drayton McLane: Paying To Lose

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It's no secret that the Astros overpay for mediocre results. Heck, Rob singled em out and outlined the exact ways they're wasting their money. Their manager is a dead man walking, their ace would like out and despite it all Houston owner Drayton McLane is sticking to his guns. That is, if you believe an "anonymous source" blowing smoke up Bruce Levine's ass.

According to one of the top executives and most respected men in baseball, the Astros are not in the mode to trade any of their players, most notably Roy Oswalt.

"The Astros owner, Drayton McLane, has always been steadfast on his direction of the Astros," the executive told me. "Mr. McLane will be more prone to adding to his team rather than trading his present players away." The executive added, "I read your blog and whoever told you Houston will continue moving Oswalt just wasn't correct."

The insider, who is one of the best-informed people in baseball, knows more about most of the team's intricacies than some people within those organizations.

This insider sounds pretty obnoxious. While I'd like to believe that McLane is a smarter businessman than burning money by sticking hard and fast to a broken organization (this is after all the brains behind religious vegetable night) he took this same tack last year. But the Astros aren't just bad this year, they're embarrassing at the plate.

Seriously. More prone to adding players?? At some point, "never give up" becomes "I have no idea what I'm doing."

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Yes but Miguel Tejada is striking out at an amazingly low level.

Drayton is never gonna give you up
never gonna let you down

Miguel Tejada sure would look adequate at third base for the Cardinals . . .

Miguel Tejada...man. If we ever had a SS like that it would be dumb as shit to let him go. Especially if it involved picking between him and an oft-injured Third Baseman.

A GM as smart and awesome as Beane would never do that.

At some point, "never give up" becomes "I have no idea what I'm doing."

Jim Valvano agrees.

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