Friday, February 04, 2005

Rangers sign Astacio 

The Rangers have signed Pedro Astacio to a major league deal.

Astacio's ERA+ has declined every year since 1999. He has pitched 45 innings the last two seasons.

And yet, in the press conference announcing the signing, John Hart apparently said that Astacio would be in the rotation to start the year.

I'm baffled.

The Rangers have steered clear of pricey free agents this offseason, supposedly because they wanted to give their young players a chance.

But Sandy Alomar, Jr., was added to replace young catcher Gerald Laird. Doug Brocail was re-signed, likely meaning that young reliever Joaquin Benoit is out. And now Pedro Astacio has been signed and guaranteed a rotation spot, which means that Chris Young, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Juan Dominguez -- the young pitchers who we were supposed to get a look at this season -- will have to fight it out for one rotation spot.

I don't know what the hell the organization is doing this offseason. Their "plan", as best I can tell, is to add old spare parts in lieu of guys who can actually play.

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