Houston Astros Roster In 2014 Part 2: How The Pitchers Were All Acquired:

How All Of The Astros Pitchers Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The other day we talked about the hitters for the Astros and how they were acquired.

Today we delve into the Pitching Staff.  The Bullpen is compromised with some familiar names, that were Free Agent Signings.

A lot of the Starters were brought in by trade, or signed as Free Agents.

The biggest tree in the roster comes from Brett Oberholtzer, who was traded for in the deal with the Braves for Michael Bourn.

Philadelphia has made 3 deals for Brad Lidge, Hunter Pence and Roy Oswalt, that have left Houston stocked in the current makeup for the depth chart by subsequent deals.

Michael Bourn came over for the 2007 trade for the former Closer Lidge, and then flipped to Atlanta for Oberholtzer.

The other meaningful deal was Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton brought into Houston for outgoing Hunter Pence.

One of the unfortunate deals the team did was for Miguel Tejada, but it certainly didn’t backfire as bad as it could have.

Scott Feldman (31) SP:  December 6, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros. 3 YRs/$30 MIL (2014 – 2016).


Matt Albers (31) RP:  December 17, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros. 1 YR/$2.25 MIL in 2014, 2015 Team Option for $3 MIL.


Chad Qualls (35) RP:  December 7, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros. 2 YRs/$5.7 MIL (2014 – 2015), with a Team Option $3.5 MIL in 2016 – or a 250 K Buyout.


Alex White (25) RP:  December 4, 2012: Traded by the Colorado Rockies with Alex Gillingham (minors) to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later and Wilton Lopez. The Houston Astros sent Jose Monzon (minors) (May 1, 2013) to the Colorado Rockies to complete the trade.

Currently on the DL recovering from 2013 Tommy John Surgery.

Wilton Lopez (30):  April 10, 2009: Selected off waivers by the Houston Astros from the San Diego Padres.

Lopez had a 4.06 ERA in 75 Games for the Rox in 2013, not that bad for having Coors Field s your home park.

Alex Gillingham (23) SP:  Threw with the A+ Lancaster Jets in 2013,.

Jose Monzon (22) OF:  Signed as an International Free Agent in 2007 with Houston.

He is only in rookie ball, and is along way from the big team.


Jesse Crain (32) RP:  December 31, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros. 1 YR/$3.25 MIL – Currently on the DL


Kevin Chapman (26) RP:  March 20, 2012: Traded by the Kansas City Royals with a player to be named later to the Houston Astros for Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero. The Kansas City Royals sent D’Andre Toney (minors) (June 10, 2012) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.

Chapman had a nice 1.77 ERA in 25 appearances in 2013.  Based on that, the team wins this trade hands down.

D’Andre Toney (22) OF:  Has played all 3 OF positions in the Minors from Tricity of the NY Penn League.

Jason Bourgeois (32) OF/PH:  October 26, 2009: Selected off waivers by the Houston Astros from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bourgeois fared poorly for the Royals after stealing 31 Bases for the Astros in 2011.

Humberto Quintero (34) C: March 28, 2005: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the Houston Astros for Tim Redding and cash.

Quintero batted .232 with 1 HR for the Royals.  Not great.  He had 980 AB for the Astros, with 13 HRs and 82 RBI in 7 years as the backup Catcher.

Tim Redding (36) SP:  Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 20th round of the 1997 amateur draft.

Redding was barely in San Diego for long, and bounced around for years, but had an ERA over 5 for his career post – Houston in 417 IP.


Josh Fields (28) CL: December 6, 2012: Drafted by the Houston Astros from the Boston Red Sox in the 2012 rule 5 draft.


Lucas Harrell (28) SP:  July 8, 2011: Selected off waivers by the Houston Astros from the Chicago White Sox.


Dallas Keuchel (26) SP:  Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 7th round of the 2009 amateur draft.


Scott Feldman (31) SP:  December 6, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.


Anthony Bass (26) RP:  December 11, 2013: Traded by the San Diego Padres with cash to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later. The Houston Astros sent Patrick Schuster (minors) (December 12, 2013) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.

Patrick Schuster (23) RP:  The Astros plucked him from Arizona in the Rule 5 draft (no.1 Selection) then traded him to the Padres.


Jarred Cosart (23) SP:  July 29, 2011: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies with a player to be named later, Jonathan Singleton (minors) and Josh Zeid to the Houston Astros for Hunter Pence and cash. The Philadelphia Phillies sent Domingo Santana (minors) (August 15, 2011) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.

Cosart gives the team great hope with a 2.28 ERA in his 1st 12 game starts.  Singleton may be the clubs long term 1B once he makes it up to the big team, and Josh Zeid is in the Bullpen this year, after throwing 27.2 Innings in 2013, to a tune of a 3.90 ERA.

Fernando Rodriguez (29) RP: November 10, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.


 

Jerome Williams (32) SP

  • February 6, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.  1 YR/$2.1 MIL deal.

Brett Oberholtzer (24) SP:  July 31, 2011: Traded by the Atlanta Braves with Juan Abreu, Paul Clemens and Jordan Schafer to the Houston Astros for Michael Bourn and cash.

Oberholtzer has a 3.05 ERA in 82.2 IP worth of work so far for Houston.  He will be the key to winning the deal.

The Braves only had 1 year and 2 months for Bourn in their jersey.  He was quite dynamic for Atlanta – scoring 126 times in 208 games.  He added 64 SB in that time frame too.

Bourn parlayed his successes in Houston and Atlanta to a 4 YRs/$48 MIL deal with Cleveland, but has dealt with decline and injury with the Tribe.

Michael Bourn (31) CF: November 7, 2007: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies with Mike Costanzo and Geoff Geary to the Houston Astros for Eric Bruntlett and Brad Lidge.

Eric Bruntlett (36) SS/3B/OF:  Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 9th round of the 2000 amateur draft.

Brad Lidge (37) CL: Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 1998 amateur draft.

Lidge was unhittable in his 1st year with the Phillies, that culminated in a World Series win.  He never blew a save all year.

In 2009, despite he having a poor year (7.21 ERA 58 Innings) Philadelphia made it back to the World Series.  Lidge was never the same after 2008.

Eric Bruntlett hit only .202 in his 2 years with Philly, but did blast a HR in Game #2 of the 2009 World Series.

Bourn led the NL in 3 years for Stolen Bases for Houston, from 2009 – 2011, was a 2 time ALL – Star and 2 time Gold Glove Winner.

The injured Indians OF, also was good for about 90 runs a year as well.

Mike Costanzo never played a big league game for Houston.

Geary appeared in 71 Games for the Astros, with a 3.86 ERA.


Mike Costanzo (30) 1B/PH: December 12, 2007: Traded by the Houston Astros with Matt Albers, Troy Patton, Dennis Sarfate and Luke Scott to the Baltimore Orioles for Miguel Tejada.

Matt Albers (31) RP:  Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the 2001 amateur draft.

Troy Patton (28) RP:  Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 9th round of the 2004 amateur draft.

Dennis Safarte (32):  September 11, 2007: Purchased by the Houston Astros from the Milwaukee Brewers.


Luke Scott (35) OF/1B/DH:  March 31, 2004: Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Houston Astros for Jeriome Robertson.

Jeriome Robertson (37) SP/RP:  Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 24th round of the 1995 amateur draft.

Luke Scott had an .881 OPS with 28 HRs and 105 RBI in 663 AB, which is about a seasons worth of work.

Robertson, who was 15 – 10, with a 5.21 ERA in 2003, only appeared in 14 Innings for the Indians, so the ‘Stros made it well on that deal.


Miguel Tejada (39) SS/3B:  November 6, 2009: Granted Free Agency.

Geoff Geary (37) RP: October 5, 2009: Granted Free Agency.

Juan Abreu (28) RP: August 10, 2012: Selected off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Houston Astros.

Paul Clemens (26) RP/SP:  He was with the big club as a reliever and Starter in 2013, but will start with AA Corpus Christi this year.

Jordan Schafer (27) CF:  November 1, 2012: Selected off waivers by the Atlanta Braves from the Houston Astros.

Shafer was not good in an Astros uniform, and the team needed to place him on waivers.

Luke Scott looked like he was going to be a baller for the Baltimore Orioles before he ended up traded to the Rays and now has joined the Korean Baseball League.

Tejada only played a few years for the Astros, but they were both ALL – Star campaigns.  His 3 Slash line for Houston was .298/.327/.435 – with over 120 Extra Base hits in 2008 and 2009 combined.

Luke Scott OF/DH: had 3 20+ HR seasons for Baltimore, and a .826 OPS for the O’s in his time.

Dennis Safarte, RP:  He held a 4.82 ERA over 77 career appearances for Baltimore.

Troy Patton, (28) RP:  He is still playing, although he has had some serious off season problems.

Patton has a 3.04 ERA in 134 Appearances for Baltimore.

Mike Costanzo was released by the Orioles – and never appeared in a big league contest for Baltimore.

Matt Albers (31) RP:  He never pitched well for the Orioles, it was only other places that he played well.  Like Qualls, he returns to the team he was drafted.

All of the transactions data came from the best website on the planet of http://www.baseballreference.com

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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