Aug 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Erik Bedard (45) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.Co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Astros News And Notes: 11/1

It was a pretty boring week for Astros fans up until today. Today, the Astros hired sabermetrician Colin Wyers to work with the Astros front office. Myers joins both Kevin Goldstein and Mike Fast as Baseball Prospectus alums to join the Astros within the last few years. Wyers worked as the Director of Statistical Operations for Baseball Prospectus though he’s apparently a Cubs fan (not anymore).

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Today the team announced that they claimed Darin Downs off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. Downs was a 5th round pick by the Cubs in 2003 and will turn 29-years old in December. In 29 appearances for the Tigers in 2013, Downs had a 4.84 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and .265 BAA in 35.1 innings pitched. The lefty has a 37/11 K-BB ratio and will compete for a spot on the opening day roster.

The 40-man roster currently stands at 36 after the newest waiver claim. Erik Bedard filed for free agency earlier this week and will likely not return to the Astros. The Astros are expected to spend more money this offseason according to Jim Crane. Their payroll received a slight hit today when Wandy Rodriguez announced he excerised his player option. When the Astros traded Rodriguez, it gave Rodriguez an extra player option for this season. The Astros will be on the hook for $5.5 million of the $13 million he is owed for the 2014 season.

Jose De Jesus Ortiz (Houston Chronicle) added some more Astros-related tweets today. Ortiz spoke to Porter who just came back from a trip to the Arizona Fall League. Porter had some interesting thoughts on Delino DeShields.


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