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Felipe Paulino Designated For Assignment

Ed Wade is having a good laugh to himself.

Nearly six months ago, Wade pursuaded another GM to buy high on the Astros bullpen. That's similar to, I don't know, selling Diabetes or Enron stock or trading Kevin Bentley. 

In November of last year, Wade swapped all 270 lbs. of Felipe Paulino to the Rockies for INF Clint Barmes. Fun Fact: that's five pounds heavier than Carlos Lee's (listed) weight. 

Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd thought they were getting a quality arm in Felipe Paulino.  

Paulino certainly showed flashes of brilliance during his tenure with the Astros. He went 6 innings or stronger and gave up two runs or fewer in seven of his fourteen starts. That ain't too shabby. In 85 innings as a starter, he managed to whiff 76 batters. That's not ace material; but it's definitely manageable. And, such results are better than Fernando Abad could do. Or Nelson Figueroa. Or Aneury Rodriguez. Or any other arm in the Astros bullpen not rhyming with Selancon or Sulchino. But such is beside the point. 

But Paulino seems to have worn out his welcome with the Rockies; he was designated for assignment after picking up the loss, and blown save, this past Friday. He went 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in his short career with the Rockies.

So there you have it. Yes, this trade looks like a flop from both sides, but that won't stop Ed Wade from a good chuckle.

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