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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Good move by Astros' brass

Congratulations Tim Purpura, you are now a real Major League Baseball general manager.

On Tuesday, Purpura did the financially prudent thing for the Houston Astros and signed ace Roy Oswalt to a five-year, $73 million contract. After a slow first offseason and a mixed-result trade deadline, Purpura finally made a move that will impact the franchise for the next several years.

In Oswalt, the Astros have a true No. 1 starter who is entering the prime of his career. Already a two-time 20-game winner and two-time All-Star, Oswalt is easily in baseball's elite group of starting pitchers.

The signing solidifies the Astros' top of the rotation for the next five years. Purpura's next task will be to find a bat or two to complement Lance Berkman for the same time period.


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