I got on Houston Astros’ GM Ed Wade pretty hard when he signed RHP Brandon Lyon to a three-year, $15 million contract back in December. Here is what I wrote:
“This is a great day for Lyon and a sad, sad day for Astro fans.
How quickly do you think Meister and Lyon signed this contract? Five seconds? Two seconds?
This is the single worst deal of the offseason so far. What are the Astros thinking? To give Lyon three years to be their closer, when this guy can’t close is absurd.”
The contract was absurd then and it’s absurd now. It’s even more absurd now because Lyon had a procedure done to his pitching shoulder just two months after his signed his contract.
Lyon had surgery two weeks ago to remove a cyst in his pitching shoulder according to the Associated Press.
“Brandon was experiencing some weakness and discomfort in his shoulder, and we brought him in a couple of weeks ago to be seen,” general manager Ed Wade said. “At the time of his pre-signing physical, his right shoulder MRI showed a very small cyst, and when the MRI was repeated recently, it showed that the cyst had enlarged and was pressing on some nerves.”
So let me understand this and I believe I do. The Astros saw a cyst in a guy’s pitching shoulder, thought it was no big deal, signed him to a contract two years too long, and then nearly months later the guy needs surgery to remove that cyst?
Good to see the Astros are using the same doctors as the New York Mets. My lord. What a clown show.
Lyon will be ready to pitch by Opening Day. I am not sure that is such a good thing for Astros fans.
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