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One Red Melancon

Today, the Astros became even less relevant for 2013, moving infielder Jed Lowrie and pitcher Fernando Rodriguez for a package of three young promising players that combine for just over a year of MLB service time. But this trade didn’t start today; it is the culmination of a series of transactions over the past 2 1/2 years where the Astros have turned thin air into players that might be big parts of the next contending Astros team.

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HOF Ballot Discussion: Bob Brookover

Each winter, 500-plus members of the BBWAA fill out ballots. The truly brave release them to the public with their rationale. These are their stories.

First up, Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer

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