Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ex-Slugger Jeff Bagwell Suggests Astros Stand Pat

Former All-Star slugger Jeff Bagwell -- speaking to the San Antonio Express-News during an Astros promotional tour at Lackland Air Force Base -- said his former team has enough talent to successfully compete in the National League's Central Division without acquiring additional talent.

"The most important thing is pitching and health," Bagwell said. "I don't think anyone in this division has stepped up and done anything to make itself a clear-cut favorite."

He singled out the Cubs, however, as being especially strong.

"Hopefully they don't get (former Padres ace Jake) Peavy -- so we just have to hope for health and we'll be okay."

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