Astros finish 1st 100-loss season

By Kristie Rieken

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Sept. 29 2011 3:40 p.m. MDT

"I'm still going to remain optimistic that it gets resolved in the short term," Wade said. "There will be issues that show up on the near horizon that will have to be addressed. At this point, we've navigated through the draft, navigated through the trading deadline, navigated through the waiver period and some other things along the way, with Drayton making the final call, but keeping Jim Crane ... informed. We will continue that practice until we're advised otherwise."

Houston has two free agents in Barmes and outfielder Jason Bourgeois. Wade wouldn't discuss the team's plans for their future, but did say they were both helpful in mentoring the rookies this season.

Martinez knows there aren't many people outside of Houston who believe this team has much potential, but he hopes he and the other youngsters get a chance to prove they can play next year.

"Everyone knew that calling us up wasn't going to be a quick fix," he said. "At the end of the day we're still young and we're still rookies and you'll have to look in a couple of years and see how it is. Once we have experience under our belts maybe we can see if the movement is really working or not."

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