Still no word on Biggio’s contract. Latest word is they hope to get it done before November 12th. According to newspaper and radio reports, the Astros have contacted the agents for Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Gary Matthews Jr. among others. I am optimistically taking the "among others" to mean some of the free agent pitchers.
Lee and Soriano are no brainers, but the mention of Ramirez and Matthews Jr. surprised me. What does this mean for Ensberg’s future? Are they looking to trade him for a starting pitcher? And why are they looking at Matthews? Is Taveras on his way to becoming a Marlin? The idea of Dontrelle Willis in Astros pinstripes is definitely appealing. My only concern with Matthews Jr. is if 2006 was an abberation rather than a foretelling of his real abilities, we may end up with another Preston Wilson.
I certainly hope that Carlos Lee is an Astro soon and Pettitte and Clemens give the Astros an indication of their desires to pitch again sooner rather than later. If the Astros want to return to the playoffs, they need more than one big bat and I hope Pettitte doesn’t make them wait so long they lose any chance they might have to sign free agents or make good trades.