In the most obvious move of the 2010 offseason, Brett Myers agreed (pending physical) to a 1-year, $5 million deal with Ed Wade’s Houston Astros on Friday. It is just the latest signing by the former Phillies GM in which he took one of his old Philly guys and recycled them to be part of his “new-look” ‘Stros. Now, it’s certainly no secret that Ed Wade enjoys collecting former Phillies to plug holes in his roster, but in the 2+ years that he has been running the show down there at Minute Maid Park, just how many ex-Phillies has he signed?
Glad you asked. Not including any random minor leaguer who may have been in the Phillies farm system for a minute but never saw any action in the bigs, that number now stands at 11. ELEVEN.
So follow me past this jump where we take a look at all the former Fightins who have made the trek to Houston since that parachuting wonder took charge over there.
SP – Brett Myers: Brett is perhaps the most well-known of the Phillies rejects to wind up a ‘Stro. Prior to signing his 1-year deal last week, Brett spent his entire 10+ years as a pro ballplayer either in the Phillies farm system, or as a Phillie himself. Brett figures to fit in the middle of the Astros rotation this year, after their 1 & 2 pitchers, Roy Oswalt & Wandy Rodriguez.
C – Chris Coste: “Costey” as he was known in the clubhouse was one of those career minor leaguers who got his first shot at the bigs as a 33-year old rookie (maybe you’ve heard of his book!). He then spent the next two and a half years as a Phillie before being cut in mid-2009 in favor of Paul Bako. Shortly after he hit the waiver wire, good ol’ Ed Wade was waiting at the dumpster to pick him up.
1B – Mike Costanzo: Admittedly, Mike Costanzo is the worst choice for this list. Although he was drafted by Wade in ’04, he never actually played a game for the Phillies, and after being acquired by Houston in the Brad Lidge trade, Costanzo was shipped off to Baltimore a couple weeks later in the deal that made Miguel Tejada a ‘Stro. So to make up for this lame pick, here’s a funny photo of Mike holding the Phillies jacket he wore as a youth during his introductory press conference with Philly:
2B – Matt Kata: Matt Kata played 10 games for the Phillies in 2005 after Ed Wade scooped him up from Arizona. Ed was so impressed with his horrible numbers and average defense, that he signed him again to be an Astro in 2008.
SS – Tomas Perez: PIE MAN!, as he was affectionately referred to as a Phillies infielder, played 8 games with the Astros in 2008 after being away from the league for a year. He only got 2 hits, and hasn’t been in the majors since.
3B – Pedro Feliz: Poor Pedro spent 2 years with the Phillies, made 2 trips to the World Series, and now has to go play in Houston. But hey, at least he’s pocketing $4.5 mil out of the deal — no other GM in baseball would’ve given him that.
LF – Jason Michaels: Before signing back-to-back one year deals with the Astros in ’09 & ’10, Jason Michaels was a cop fighting maniac who honed his craft under the tutelage of Ed Wade in the early 00’s. After departing Philly, Jason made pit-stops in Cleveland and Pittsburgh before returning to his rightful owner in 2009.
CF – Michael Bourn: Michael Bourn looks to be the only right move Ed Wade has made thus far. He was extremely raw as a late-season callup in ’06 with the Phillies, and has been improving every year since. In 2009 with the Astros, Bourn has a higher OBP (.354) than any season in Jimmy Rollins’ career, won his first Gold Glove award, and he’s not even 30 yet.
RF – TBA: There is currently no right-fielder for this ex-Phillies turned Astros team, but I can only guess that Ed is cooking up some sorta deal that’ll send Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee to the Angels for Bobby Abreu.
P – Geoff Geary: Geoff was also involved in the Brad Lidge/Bearo trade prior to the 2008 season, but couldn’t cut it with the Astros and is now on the Texas Rangers or something.
P – Gustavo Chacin: Gustavo never played for the Phillies during Ed Wade’s time here, BUT he was signed to a minor league contract with us last year and has just done the same with Houston.
P – Gary Majewski: ditto.
And now, for your laughing pleasure, here are all the Ed Wade transactions as Astros GM that involved former Phillies:
|11/7/07||Acquired OF Michael Bourn, nonroster 3B Michael Costanzo and RHP Geoff Geary from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Brad Lidge and SS Eric Bruntlett.|
|11/28/07||Signed INF Tomas Perez to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.|
|4/28/08||Sent INF Tomas Perez outright to Triple-A Round Rock.|
|12/5/08||Signed INF Matt Kata to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.|
|12/15/08||Signed OF Jason Michaels to a one-year contract.|
|6/10/09||Sent RHP Geoff Geary outright to Triple-A Round Rock.|
|7/10/09||Claim C Chris Coste off waivers from Philadelphia Phillies.|
|9/5/09||Sent INF Matt Kata outright to Triple-A Round Rock.|
|10/27/09||Sent C Chris Coste outright to Triple-A Round Rock.|
|12/8/09||Signed RHP Gary Majewski to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.|
|12/10/09||Signed 3B Pedro Feliz to a one-year contract.|
|12/14/09||Signed OF Jason Michaels to a one-year contract.|
|12/14/09||Signed LHP Gustavo Chacin to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.|
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