Drew Stubbs clears release waivers, becomes free agent

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Drew Stubbs was designated for assignment by the Rockies on August 12. Now, after going 10 days without a trade or a waiver claim, the 30-year-old outfielder can sign on with a new organization.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Stubbs has cleared release waivers and is officially a free agent. Stubbs was batting just .216/.286/.431 in 51 games this season for Colorado, but he has some pop and some speed and can play defensively at any position in the outfield. There should be interest out there for such a low-risk, low-cost signing.

Stubbs slashed .289/.339/.482 with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 132 games last season as the Rockies’ primary center fielder. He is making a $5.83 million salary this season in his final year of arbitration. (Colorado is on the hook for that).

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?