Will the Houston Astros Drop the Ball on Catchers?

Posted: 29th October 2009 by Richard Zowie in MLB
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If you're a veteran catcher, have your agent give the Houston Astros a phone call. The 'Stros just might need your services. That's because 36-year-old Chris Coste, acquired by Houston earlier this year after the Philadelphia Phillies had placed him on waivers, has rejected the team's outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and is now a free agent. Some believeáthe stat sheets define a player in strictly black-and-white terms, and they'd no doubt think this was a great move: Coste hit .224 this year with two home runs and 18 RBIs. With Houston, he hit .204 with 10 RBIs in 43 games. Coste is somewhat of a late bloomer to the MLB, having spent four seasons in the bigs. (No, that Disney movie The Rookie wasn't about Coste.) Let's face itùCoste's no Johnny Bench, but neither a ...

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