Peep Show

Updated: May 11, 2004, 9:50 AM ET
By Jim Baker
Houston Astros: Did general manager Gerry Hunsicker pull off a major trading coup this offseason? In exchange for a 27-year old pitcher with a career 5.18 ERA and 1.52 WHIP, he got one Willy Taveras, a centerfielder who is burning up the Texas League. The Astros took Taveras in the Rule V draft from Cleveland but were in danger of losing him back to the Indians when a trade was worked out for Jeriome Robertson, the pitcher who set the club record for victories largely because of the run support he received. Robertson has made one start for the Indians and currently resides in Triple A Buffalo. Meanwhile, Taveras is impressing his new team. Always a burner, he is now learning how to switch hit, reports Brian McTaggart of the Houston Chronicle. "He runs everything down in the outfield, and once he gets the ball, he gets it back to the infield real quick," his manager at Double A Round Rock, Jackie Moore said. "There's not many gaps out there in center field." He's got a .429 OBP and is leading the Texas League in hits and steals.

New York Mets: Injured outfielder Cliff Floyd is about ready to begin a rehab stint with Class A St. Lucie of the Florida State League. He has been on the disabled list for a month with a strained right quadriceps, his return slowed by the emergence of a hip flexor problem. Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News also reports that injured second baseman Jose Reyes hit off a tee yesterday.

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