Free Agent Signing # 1 - Throughout this offseason I am going to try to grade the offseason moves made by teams. I am going to grade them by intelligence to the ballclub.
Dan Miceli - Houston Astros
This is a good move for the Astros. A team that had a dominating bullpen last year traded one of their more deadly members last week in an effort to reduce payroll. So, what do they do? They go out and get Miceli to keep payroll down but make sure their pen is still solid. They couldn't afford to lose 2 solid guys from their pen. Miceli played for 4 teams last year, the last of which was Houston and he didn't do a bad job at all. He's 33yrs old and is making under a million dollars. He was 2-4 with a 3.20 ERA. While this is just a little splash, it could pay off big for the Astros in the long run this next year.
Grade - B (While not a big move, it's important for the Astros to try to keep their strength in tact as much as possible while still keeping payroll down. Signing Miceli for cheap accomplished that task.)