Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Astros Wanted Bogie & Others For Norris In '13

Jeff 'Monty Hall' Luhnow
For the most part, Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow is considered one of the brighter minds in baseball. However, based on his silly 'Fantasy League' demands for acquiring Bud Norris last year, you really have to wonder. According to a leaked report from Anobin.com (apparently the sports version of WikiLeaks or Edward Snowden), Luhnow texted Red Sox GM Ben Cherington asking for a mix of the following: Xander Bogaerts, Garin Cecchini, Allen Webster, and Jackie Bradley, Jr.for Norris! What was Luhnow smoking? Cherington texted back that the Red Sox "couldn't include Boegarts, Cecchini, Webster, or Bradley but thought they had enough depth to still make an appealing package." Then, Luhnow texted back and "asked if they would consider a package around Barnes and Owens." What? Eventually, Cherington offered Ryan Lavarnway or Deven Marrero for Norris, but, as Luhnow texted, "We said no.". Wow!