Astros promote Livan Hernandez to closer

Written by By Shelby Grad, CNN Welcome to the organization, Jonathon Harris. You’re making about $4 million per year. Even with all the money that’s going out there, for what? For an arm that’s…

Astros promote Livan Hernandez to closer

Written by By Shelby Grad, CNN

Welcome to the organization, Jonathon Harris.

You’re making about $4 million per year.

Even with all the money that’s going out there, for what? For an arm that’s going to be given the task of replacing one of the better arms in the game? What’s the in a one-year, $7 million investment?

“There’s some players here we feel our whole offense can benefit off of,” Astros GM Jeff Luhnow told MLB Network Radio. “I think we felt pretty strongly that [Dodgers reliever] Tony Watson was part of our pitching staff at some point this year. Tony was such a difference maker for us, so I think the possibilities of that happening are pretty high.”

Hey Theo, did you bring Juan Marichal to the league in Houston?

Oops.

The Astros have splurged on starting pitchers, with their starting rotation coming in second in the MLB. Throwing in a “mystery” starter in Houston for last night’s Game 3 of the World Series was an interesting way to go for the team that was on the verge of the franchise’s first championship last night. Still, it’s worth wondering if Houston has gone too far with its pricey winter signings.

They signed Carlos Correa to a seven-year, $100 million contract. Can Roy Oswalt teach Correa how to close it down? Can Roy Oswalt teach Mike Fiers how to pitch against the lefties? Will George Springer learn how to hit against Dallas Keuchel in spring training?

And what about that elusive World Series title? Will that come free, with players such as Tony Watson and Marichal added to the mix?

Roy Oswalt and Roger Clemens gave the Astros a win in Game 2. Credit: Brynn Anderson/AP

Luhnow definitely doesn’t seem concerned about the financial penalty the team will face if it doesn’t win another World Series title in Houston.

“It’s not gonna take us a year,” Luhnow said of the $27 million penalty. “There’s no challenge to this for us in getting through. I’ve certainly read the comments here and there about it being burdensome and it being kind of a trap and all those kind of things. I don’t feel that in the least.”

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