After waiving Greg Smith for Dexter Pittman, the Rockets hoped to be done, but apparently had other plans yesterday. Though not official, it sounds like the Rockets will sign Josh Powell from overseas. The move is a bit fishy considering they signed Pittman a few days ago, and both parties seemed ready for a longer stay in Houston. Maybe word will come out, maybe not, but something seems a bit off for me. Pittman’s quotes were powerful and would not have been made if he knew this was a short stay. We will see if the Rockets go through with the move and if any stories come out of it. Check out the rest of the links for more in Houston sports.
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) on Jose Abreu‘s success with the White Sox and more details on the process.
The Astros made a huge push to sign the Cuban in the offseason and by all accounts came in second in the bidding to the White Sox, who signed him to a six-year, $68 million deal.
- Jayne (What The Heck, Bobby) updates us on everyone’s age in the Astros farm.
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) with quotes and other good bits after another Astros loss.
- Astros tweet of the day…
Astros said pitching would be better in ’14. So far sure is. Hitting? Not till future callups produce.
— Greg Lucas (@GREGCLUCAS) April 13, 2014
- J.M. Poulard (Bleacher Report) tells us which teams can beat the Rockets at their own game.
The Rockets play at one of the fastest paces in the league, which allows the offense to maximize its opportunities. Houston uses a formula whereby the players rely exclusively on free-throw attempts, shots at the rim and three-point field goals.
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) on Patrick Beverley‘s healing powers.
- Stephen Babb (Bleacher Report) tells us why the Rockets are poised for a deep playoff run.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
Assuming that Josh Powell gets similarly structured deal as Pittman’s, #Rockets will have a little more salary flexibility for summer trades
— David Weiner (@BimaThug) April 13, 2014
- Brian T. Smith (Houston Chronicle) on Manziel’s potential both on and off the field.
For Manziel, May 8 is just another of life’s steppingstones. His true career test will take years to evaluate. But if Jonathan Paul Manziel actually becomes Johnny Football in the most popular sports league in the United States, the NFL soon could possess a worldwide marketing phenomenon it hasn’t seen in its 94 years.
- Stephen Forsha (Toro Times) asks if Arian Foster can hold up in 2014.
- Shawn Ramsey (Fox Sports) on the Texans adding MMA workouts to their offseason programs.
- Texans tweet of the day…
— PDS (@PatDStat) April 13, 2014