Yes, Virginia, The Astros Are That Bad

It seems like everyone in the Houston media world has finally woken up to just how bad the Houston Astros really are. Richard Justice wrote a blog about it, feigning surprise at the fact. John Royal eviscerates the team over at the Houston Press for how bad they are and Jerome Solomon lays out exactly what Jim Crane needs to do to get better: spend money.

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This is still June. What in the world are these guys going to be writing about in two months, when this team is still bad. Oh, that's right, they'll be writing about the Texans, assuming the lockout is over.

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That's the real danger in the Astros being this bad. It's not that fans will lose interest in May, June and July. It's that once training camp starts and the Texans are playing games, fans will stop caring about the Astros. Right now, this team isn't going to magically get better like they did last season. They're going to flounder their way to a Top 3 draft pick.

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As for Solomon's argument that Crane needs to spend money to make the team better...well, he's got somewhat of a point. It's about spending money wisely, though. If Crane goes out and signs a bunch of pitchers to make the rotation better, he's got a much bigger chance of signing a bunch of Brandon Lyon's. If he goes out and spends a truckload of money on Brandon Phillips or Jose Reyes, it could be better spent, assuming the contract doesn't run as long as El Bufalo's.

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Crane's most important move is only hinted at between all three of these articles. His first move needs to be cleaning house in this front office and getting someone talented in to run the organization, because, really, would you trust Ed Wade to spend 100 million in free agency?

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