The Astros have parted ways with Brett Wallace.
The move shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the official release puts a period at the end of what many had hoped would be a long tenure at first base in the tradition of Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman.
While he technically came to the Astros in a straight up trade for Anthony Gose, Wallace joined the organization as part of the Roy Oswalt trade with the Phillies. The Astros traded Oswalt for J.A. Happ, Jonathan Villar and Gose, then immediately flipped Gose to Toronto for Wallace.
At the time, it looked like a good, if not reasonable, flip. Now, the younger Gose looks like the better MLB contributor.
That leaves Villar as the only essential piece of the puzzle from that trade, unless you consider the Happ trade to Toronto last year a continuing “train” in the evaluation of trades.
The Astros could have kept him in Oklahoma City as a stop-gap or emergency backup, but to what end? Especially with better options on the depth chart.
Still, to say that no other teams had interest since the Astros didn’t trade him may be misleading as well. Every GM knows which players are on the bubble with other organizations and the likelihood of a Wallace release was significant. So why use a trade when you could possibly sign the player as a free agent before April 1.
- Thoughts on Wallace’s release?
- Will Wallace be picked up by another team?
- Who’s the front runner for first base now?
- Can Asher Wojciechowski still “save” the Oswalt trade since Happ essentially brough the young pitcher to Houston?