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2008 HOUSTON ASTROS

+    Level: MLB
Location:  Houston,TX
Team Record:  86-75   .534
Result:   3rd in National League - Central Division
Manager(s):  Cecil Cooper
General Manager:   Ed Wade
Stadium:  Minute Maid Park
Attendance:  2,779,287
Payroll:  $88,930,414
Playoffs:  -

Houston Astros affiliate history
Oldest Player:  Doug Brocail (41)
Youngest Player:  Wesley Wright (23)
Longest Tenure:  Lance Berkman (10)
Top Hitter:  Lance Berkman (3)
Top Pitcher:  Roy Oswalt (8)
Top Draft Pick:  Jason Castro (#10)

Roster Continuity:  39.97%
Top Prospect:   J.R. Towles
National League Standings
CentralWLPctGB
Chi Cubs9764.602--
Milwaukee9072.5567.5
Houston8675.53411.0
St. Louis8676.53111.5
Cincinnati7488.45723.5
Pittsburgh6795.41430.5

TEAM INFORMATION
Contract data is available from the mid 2000s until the present day. Shaded records are players who signed multi-year contracts. The list of contracts may not be complete. Visit the Data Store if you're interested in purchasing the contract data.
Player NameContract Signed byStartEndLengthValuePer YearContract Notes
Reggie AbercrombieHouston Astros200820081$ 390,000 
Alberto AriasColorado Rockies200820081$ 400,000 Contract purchased from minors
Brad AusmusHouston Astros200820081$ 2,000,000 
Brandon BackeHouston Astros200820081$ 800,000 Avoided arbitration
Lance BerkmanHouston Astros200520106$ 85,000,000$ 14.17mClub option for 2011
Geoff BlumHouston Astros200820081$ 1,200,000 Club option for 2009
Dave BorkowskiHouston Astros200820081$ 800,000 Avoided arbitration
Michael BournHouston Astros200820081$ 396,000 
Doug BrocailHouston Astros200820081$ 2,500,000 Club option for 2009 ($3.25m) Not exercised
Tim ByrdakHouston Astros200820081$ 390,000 Minor League Contract
Jack CasselHouston Astros200820081$ 400,000 
Jose CastilloFlorida Marlins200820081$ 650,000 
Shawn ChaconHouston Astros200820081$ 2,000,000 
Jose CruzHouston Astros200820081$ 650,000 
Darin ErstadHouston Astros200820081$ 1,000,000 
Geoff GearyHouston Astros200820081$ 1,125,000 Avoided arbitration. Asked $1.25m, offered: $0.95m
LaTroy HawkinsNew York Yankees200820081$ 3,750,000 
Runelvys HernandezHouston Astros200820081$ 390,000 Minor league contract
J.R. HouseHouston Astros200820081$ 390,000 MInor league contract
Carlos LeeHouston Astros200720126$ 100,000,000$ 16.67m$3m signing bonus
Mark LorettaHouston Astros200820081$ 2,750,000 Lost arbitration. Wanted: $4.9m
Kazuo MatsuiHouston Astros200820103$ 16,500,000$ 5.50m$1.5m signing bonus
Edwin MaysonetHouston Astros200820081$ 390,000 Contract purchased from minors
Brian MoehlerHouston Astros200820081$ 500,000 
David NewhanHouston Astros200820081$ 390,000 minor league contract
Fernando NieveHouston Astros200820081$ 390,000 
Roy OswaltHouston Astros200720115$ 73,000,000$ 14.60mClub option for 2012 ($16m with $2m buyout)
Chad ParontoHouston Astros200820081$ 500,000 
Hunter PenceHouston Astros200820081$ 396,000 
Tomas PerezHouston Astros200820081$ 390,000 Minor League Contract
Humberto QuinteroHouston Astros200820081$ 405,000 
Wandy RodriguezHouston Astros200820081$ 451,000 
Mark SaccomannoHouston Astros200820081$ 390,000 Contract purchased from minors
Chris SampsonHouston Astros200820081$ 401,000 
Miguel TejadaBaltimore Orioles200420096$ 72,000,000$ 12.00m$12m signing bonus
J.R. TowlesHouston Astros200820081$ 396,000 
Jose ValverdeHouston Astros200820081$ 4,700,000 Lost arbitration. Wanted $6.2m
Oscar VillarrealHouston Astros200820082$ 2,850,000$ 1.43mClub option for 2010, released in 2008
Ty WiggintonHouston Astros200820081$ 4,350,000 Avoided arbitration
Randy WolfSan Diego Padres200820081$ 4,750,000 
Wesley WrightHouston Astros200820081$ 396,000 



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