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Some teams stood pat at the winter meetings, but not all of them were better off for it.

You know how they told you if you didn’t get off your ass and do something in life you’d be a loser? Not true at the winter meetings, where many of life’s rules seem not to apply—things like laws of human sleep patterns and normal snack pricing structures. Here at the winter meetings, you can do nothing at all and still be a winner in our books.

We’ve seen writing all week about who won and who lost various transactions—see, go-getters can be losers too—but here’s a look at the teams and people who notably did nothing at all (or hadn’t as we went to press) and how their week went.

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December 6, 2012 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Rockies Trade for Wilton Lopez


Ben Lindbergh

The Astros cash out their most effective reliever.

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September 19, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: What the Hell Has Gotten Into the Astros?


Ian Miller

No, the Astros aren't good. But if September was a salvage month, it has been a bit of a success. Here's why.

The Houston Astros topped at least one power-rankings list last week. The fact that it was my personal Power Rankings List that I keep in my journal is not germane; the once-lowly Disastros have gone 8-7 since the beginning of September. That’s better than .500 -- a winning record within these arbitrary endpoints! -- and the eight wins is as many games as Houston won in July and August combined (h/t @cantpredictball).

They also took three of four from the Phillies over this past weekend and all but ended that team’s Wild Card hopes. As this goes to press on Tuesday night, they open a three-game set against the Cardinals, and the Astros can play spoiler again against a St. Louis team that has lost seven of its last 10. If I were Mike Matheny, I’d be preparing for these games (and next week’s series in Houston) like each one was a one-game playoff. There’s nothing scarier than playing a team with nothing to lose, and the Astros are the nothing-to-losiest.

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August 19, 2010 9:53 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers


Mike Petriello

We dig deeper than ever for value, coming up with a 35-year-old rookie and an out-of-nowhere Astro.

This is already my favorite Value Picks article of the season, because we're adding two guys none of us had ever heard of prior to 2010. Let's start with the obvious situation in New York, where a season already in turmoil is turning into something of a black comedy, now that Francisco Rodriguez is out for the year with a thumb injury (allegedly) sustained in a fight with his girlfriend's father. Unlike a lot of other situations this year where the closer-in-waiting was clear, there was no such succession with the Mets. Would it be Bobby Parnell? Pedro Feliciano? Manny Acosta?

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ANAHEIM ANGELS Placed RHP Al Levine on the 15-day DL (shoulder tendinitis), retroactive to 6/27; recalled RHP John Lackey from Salt Lake. [6/28] I don't disagree with the idea of bringing up John Lackey to move into the rotation. Lackey is the organization's best upper-level prospect, and he's obviously ready to go.

Recalled RHP Matt Wise from Salt Lake; optioned RHP John Lackey to Salt Lake. [6/25]

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