Astros Working Hard To Spend Millions – But It’s Hard

It’s a seller’s market at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, as teams aren’t finding many bargains:

“You know, when you come here (to winter meetings), there’s no fire sales going on,” Astros owner Jim Crane said. “It’s pretty much retail and retail plus. You’ve got to pay retail if you want to sign these guys or maybe a little more. We understand that, and I think we’re working on it.”

It’s even worse for the teams like the Astros, who offered Andrew Miller $40 million before he signed with the Yankees for $36 million:

“When you talk about Houston, there are certain players that are attracted to Houston for good reasons,” (general manager Jeff) Luhnow said in his winter meetings suite at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel overlooking the San Diego marina. “Good ballpark, great state, all that. There are others that have to be convinced, whether it’s convincing them by throwing more dollars at them or convincing them through some other method.”

This morning, they convinced Luke Gregerson to take 18.5 million of their dollars. Pat Neshek could take millions more by the time the day is done.

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