Astros offseason plans, Rockets not done with roster moves, more on the Matt Schaub incident.
- Jim Crane told Brian McTaggart that the Astros payroll will likely increase to around $50-$60 million next season.
Crane said the Astros’ payroll, which was at about $13 million to end the season, could be between $50-60 million next year regardless of whether the club is able to settle its dispute with television partner Comcast. The Astros contend Comcast/NBC improperly filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition in an attempt to prevent the team from terminating the media rights agreement between the Astros and Houston Regional Sports Network.
- Briant McTaggart (MLB.com) wrote a great article about new pitching coach Brent Strom.
- I (Climbing Tal’s Hill) took a look at how the Astros fared for fantasy baseball owners this past season.
- Astros tweet of the day…
Cardinals people have high praise for Brent Strom, who left organization to become new Astros pitching coach.
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) October 9, 2013
- Brian Windhorst (ESPN.com) says the Rockets might not be done tinkering with their roster.
General manager Daryl Morey has made 12 trades since the end of the 2011 lockout. There’s a good chance some of the faces on those slick video screens will change again between now and February’s trade deadline.
- Some ESPN.com writers answered several Rockets related questions for a Rockets season preview.
- Justin Wehr (Red94.net) says the Rockets defense may be historically great this season.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
So hyped to play in front of the most passionate fans I’ve ever seen in the Philippines tonight!! Really looking forward to it.
— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) October 10, 2013
- NFL Security is investigating the confusing Schaub incident in which fans may (or may not) have yelled obscenities at him at his house.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub said Wednesday he called team security and they spoke with the NFL because there were multiple people driving by his house and taking pictures and he wanted to be safe. CBS Houston reported Tuesday evening that fans approached Schaub at his home and berated him for his recent poor play. However, the quarterback, who is married and has three daughters, said to his knowledge nobody showed up in his driveway and screamed obscenities.
- Mike Kerns (Love Ya Steel Blue Podcast) has a message for Houston Texans bandwagon fans.
- Patrick D. Starr (State of the Texans) has the latest on the Texans signing Jake Byrne.
- Texans tweet of the day…
Top selling NFL defensive player jersey (from April thru Sept) is @JJWatt, who is at #9 overall.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 7, 2013