Quintero Likely On The Move

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Astros catcher Humberto Quintero was designated for assignment, giving the Astros till Wednesday to trade, release, or assign him to the minors. Quintero is a career .233 hitter with 3 HR, but is above average defensively. I doubt the Red Sox would add him because he is about equal, if not worse to Doug Mirabelli, who is also available. However, the Reds were looking for a catcher and could add him for his defense. Quintero seems suited for the minors until an injury opens a spot for him, so we could see the Astros hold on to him as insurance.

In yesterday's game versus the Cubs, Chris Sampson did a very good job against the Cubs through six and two-thirds of an inning. He threw 49 of 71 pitches for strikes, which is also impressive. To me, this is a great outing from a number five starter. To be able to get him to the seventh inning with a lead, goes along way for your club. If he can stay consistent like this, he could really help this team in the later months of the season.