Jonathan Singleton’s chances of opening the season at first base for the Astros got a boost Thursday afternoon.
Brett Wallace was designated for assignment to make room for newly-signed pitcher Jerome Williams. That means the Astros have 10 days to trade or release the former first round pick of the Cardinals.
The 27-year-old Wallace had been listed as the starter at first base on the Astros’ depth chart. It’s possible he could still end up on the team, but this move is likely the manifestation of the behind-closed-door meetings and conversations that have been going on for months regarding his viability.
With the off-season signing of Jesus Guzman and with Chris Carter and Marc Krauss also in the fold, the merry go round from first base to DH is quite full.
Many fans have been calling for the Astros to dump Wallace for months, if not years. While he could still turn up on the roster if he clears the waivers, the DFA is also an indication he’d be on the bubble even if he did hang around.
A change of scenery is more likely for Wallace, who has played for four organizations.
With Wallace gone, the Astros have clearly set up a spring training battle between Guzman and Singleton. Or have they also opened the door to the Jason Castro-to-first-base discussion.
Perhaps the bigger question for the Astros is who they’ll slot in to backup Matt Dominguez at third base. Wallace had been listed as the backup there. There are options in camp, but none with any pop.
- Will Wallace get picked up on waivers?
- Will Wallace play better with another organization?
- Who do you prefer at first base: Guzman or Singleton? Or Castro?