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[Fox 26] Pitcher Doug Brocail Reaches Contract Agreement with Astros

Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by rikesh316, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. rikesh316

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    http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/p...n=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=6.1.1

    Major League Baseball sources tell FOX 26 Sports the Houston Astros have reached a contract agreement with free agent reliever Doug Brocail and the club is expected to make the announcement as early as Tuesday.

    Brocail, 40, revived his career in a big way last season with the San Diego Padres working in 67 games as a set-up man compiling a five and one record with an earned run average of 3.05.

    Brocail is the ultimate survivor in baseball. He did not pitch from 2001-2003 because of a variety of arm-related injuries. In 2006 he underwent a pair of angioplasties to remove coronary blockage and still managed to work in 25 games.

    Brocail pitched for the Astros in 1995 and 1996 and still makes his home here.

    Last week Brocail made it clear he wanted to return to the Astros if the two sides could work out a deal.

    "I would like to be an Astro and pitch here in Houston," Brocail told FOX 26 on November 20. "It's still my home. They know that. We're trying to get there."

    Astros General Manager Ed Wade was not available for comment Monday. Brocail was not available either, but it's clear the two sides have gotten there.
     
  2. WWR

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    I thought he was older than that.
     
  3. DieHard Rocket

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    My first assumption when I read the headline was that it was to be some kind of coach. Wow.
     
  4. wreck

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    what? is JVG the new manager for the astros. hes stocking up on old vets, last year woody this year doug...kind of makes you wonder about the future of the team
     
  5. SamFisher

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    Ed Wade sez

    SPLASH
     
  6. Bobblehead

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    I hear Nolan Ryan is making a comeback...or even better, Sandy Koufax!!!
     
  7. rocketfat

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    haha.
     
  8. Ottomaton

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    Given the poor quality of the free agent crop, if it is a relatively cheap contract this doesn't strike me as a bad signing as a short term stop gap. He did throw 67 games / 76 innings last year.
     
  9. Uprising

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    HOly crap. They better not be expecting TOO much from this guy.
     
  10. Kam

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    October Baseball, here we come.
     
  11. BigSherv

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    Why even waste the roster spot.
     
  12. rocketfat

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    i agree and am just happy to see an attempted revamping of the bullpen with some new (well, old) faces in there. that said, i fully expect to be sick to my stomach every time brocail trots out there starting at about the 40 game mark this season.

    aside from the ausmus signing, i'd be very pleased with this offseason if I knew that they planned to spend every penny it takes to sign peavy next offseason.
     
  13. LonghornFan

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    Great. Another 4.95 ERA middle reliever. So psyched! :rolleyes:
     
  14. Rockets34Legend

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    Crap, my worst nightmare coming true. :mad:
     
  15. RocketFan007

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    Brocail was a career 3.99 ERA and last year it was 3.05.

    Why are some of you pissed at this move? It's an excellent, cheap, short-term pick up for one of our biggest weaknesses.
     
  16. studogg

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    I've heard this argument a couple of times now.


    1. 3.99 for a career middle reliever is crap.

    2. posting your best season at 40, doesn't really spell success.

    3. why give him two years? haven't you learned your lesson with golden oldies?
     
  17. tim562

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    I thought 3.99 was good for a career middle reliever and it is clearly better than what the Stros had last year. If it was better, he would be a closer, setup man, or a starter for his career.

    Due to his age, this move doesn't excite me, but it doesn't disappoint me.
     
  19. tested911

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    What is the with Astros' organization of aquiring former Astro and former Houstonian players? If you don't fall under those two criteria's you have like a less than 25% chance....
     
  20. MadMax

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    where do you get this idea??? middle relievers are generally guys that aren't good enough to be starters or closers. if they were shut-down pitchers, they'd be paid more and would be in those roles.
     

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