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Astros in market for catching help after Jason Castro’s injury

Mar 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Jason Castro‘s season-ending knee injury leaves the Astros with career-long backup Humberto Quintero and prospect bust J.R. Towles atop the catching depth chart, so not surprisingly Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle reports that they’re now looking to add a veteran backstop.

According to Campbell the Astros are already about $2 million over their $80 million budget for this season, but owner Drayton McLane indicated Sunday that he might be willing to re-open his wallet a bit for catching help should general manager Ed Wade find a reasonable trade.

Towles is still young enough to think that he might be able to take advantage of the situation to finally show that his solid minor-league numbers are for real, but catchers rumored to be available are Ryan Doumit of the Pirates, Jesus Flores of the Nationals, and unsigned free agent Bengie Molina. Doumit in particularl has been available all winter for any team willing to assume a big chunk of his $5.1 million salary.

  1. Professor Longnose - Mar 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Austin Romine for Wandy Rodriguez.

    • pisano - Mar 8, 2011 at 1:01 AM

      Austin Romine for Wandy Rodriguez, “I think that dog will hunt”

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