MLB Trade Rumors : 10 Reasons Why Brett Myers Will Be Trade Bait In 2011
Brett Myers was one of the biggest names surrounding the MLB trade deadline in 2010 but was retained by the Houston Astros as the team made a late-season surge.
Houston has since made some moves to rebuild the recently struggling organization but seem slightly behind the pace of the St.Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers.
The following are 10 reasons why Brett Myers will be moved out of Houston during the 2011 season and what factors will contribute to his departure.
No.10: Brett Myers' Current Contract
The Houston Astros signed Myers to a two-year contract extension in August of 2010 worth nearly $21 million.
For a team that is getting younger every season and is nearing a bit of a rebuilding era, $10.5 million average per year is quite a bit of money to spend on a non-elite pitcher.
Myers' current deal included an $8 million option for the 2011 season to which the Astros agreed.
Houston is trying to compete with other teams in the NL Central by working the minor league system and it is possible that the numbers may not work in Myers’ favor given the current state of the franchise.
No. 9: AAA Pitcher, Jordan Lyles
Since Myers is now 30 years old and has had many injury-filled seasons, baseball experts are starting to wonder whether or not he can actually finish two consecutive seasons without suffering any major ailments.
Houston has many players in the minor leagues that can be considered more “fresh” and can possibly have equal if not better production.
Jordan Lyles may possibly be one of the best pitching prospects in the Major Leagues at this point in the year.
Lyles is currently on the Triple-A roster and is expected to make a case for himself to join the big club during spring training.
In a combination of AA and AAA games last season, Lyles posted an overall record of 7-12 with an ERA slightly over 3.50 and 137 strike outs.
Lyles is only 20 years old but will definitely be in the discussion when it comes to deciding the rotation as the season rolls along.
No. 8: Brett Myers' History Of Quarrels
Myers has had a bit of a history of getting into trouble during his Major League career.
Aside from an off-the-field domestic violence issue in 2006, Myers has had bouts with former players and media members of the Philadelphia Phillies during his time there from 2002-2008.
Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer was the most notable victim of these incidences as Myers erupted during a post-game news conference, calling Carchidi a “retard” and threatening him with violence.
Phillies pitcher Cole Hammels and Myers also got into a verbal dispute after an NLCS playoff game back in 2008.
If Myers somehow reverts back to his old ways it would be interesting to see how Houston would handle him.
The Astros have always been an organization of class and integrity and it would be surprising to see the team tolerate those types of actions.
No. 7: The Injuries Of Past Seasons
Up until last season, injuries plagued Myers’ career and hindered any progress he would have made towards becoming an elite pitcher.
Myers dealt with a number of different injuries in 2009 including an undisclosed hip injury which cost him nearly a month of action. Shortly after returning from his bothersome hip, Myers experienced shoulder soreness and was sidelined even longer.
Injuries are a part of the game and traditionally become more frequent with age. Myers had a solid and relatively injury-free 2010 which may cause some teams to want to take a chance on him.
No. 6: Good Control Leads To Winning Games
One of Myers’ best qualities as a Major League pitcher is his ability to control the strike zone and make opponents put the ball in play.
In 2010, Myers struck out nearly three times as many hitters as he allowed base on balls.
For a pitcher at any level, that is a stat that is looked upon fondly.
Walks usually result in runs scored and games lost at the Major League level and with Brett Myers, teams can expect to work for the runs they put on the board.
No. 5: Keeping The Ball In The Yard
Myers only surrendered 20 homeruns in 2010 which ranked near the top of all starting pitchers in the National League.
Myers has had a history of finding ways to avoid the long ball as he averages only .14 homeruns per inning pitched.
That means that Myers has only surrendered 198 homers in a total of 1,400 innings over his career.
Teams that play in hitter-friendly ballparks can benefit greatly from this type of statistic as less pitchers who keep the ball in the yard are usually hard to come by.
No. 4: Myers Can Work Deep Into Games
Myers averages a little over 6 innings pitched for every start he has ever made in the Major Leagues.
Myers works counts deep into games and is not afraid to let his defense do the work behind him.
Strangely enough, Myers only has 10 career complete games. Most of that would have to be attributed to the strong bullpen and closers that Myers’ former team, the Philadelphia Phillies, fielded throughout his career.
No. 3: He Has Been There Before
Brett Myers has pitched in the playoffs and knows what it takes to win on the biggest stage in all of professional baseball.
Having recently won a World Series in 2008, Myers has not only brought a significant amount of knowledge to a young Astros pitching staff, but more innings pitched than any other starter currently on the roster.
Myers can provide a boost to any team that is looking to make a late post-season run or just trying to gain an edge in a close division.
No. 2: The Astros Have More Team Needs Than Just Pitching
The Astros currently have eight starting pitchers on their 40-man active roster and that is not including any pitchers they will workout in spring training.
Houston has a wealth of starting pitching and a small market budget that does not allow for excessive spending in other area’s of the baseball team.
Houston can get a significant amount of value for a player of Myers caliber from a team that is on the verge of contention. The key will be getting him on the market earlier in case of a bad season.
No.1: History Repeats In The Major Leagues
Right around the 2010 trade deadline Brett Myers and Roy Oswalt were the top players mentioned that the Astros were willing to trade away.
Jump ahead to the 2011 season and Oswalt is in Philadelphia while Myers is slated as the number two starter on the Astros.
Houston will more than likely have trouble competing for a divisional title in 2011 which leads many to believe that even more “cleaning house” will commence throughout the course of the season.
If Houston was willing to trade Brett Myers in 2010, why wouldn't they trade him in 2011?
The fact still remains that Myers has good trade value and is not going to be a huge difference maker on this Houston Astros team.