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Astros should focus on rebuilding, not contending

Originally Published: November 9, 2007
By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com

How time flies.

HOUSTON ASTROS

GM: Ed Wade Manager: Cecil Cooper '07 record: 73-89, 4th NL Central '07 payroll: $87.8M, 15th MLB Runs scored: 723, 13th NL Runs allowed: 813, 11th NL OPS: .742, 11th NL ERA: 4.68, 12th NL Fielding percentage: .983, T-8th NL

Only two seasons ago Houston brought the World Series to Texas for the first time. But that accomplishment didn't buy even two years of job security for manager Phil Garner and GM Tim Purpura. Both ...

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