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Astros release Tyler Greene

Mar 26, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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At the beginning of spring training Tyler Greene seemingly had a good chance to be the Astros’ starting shortstop, but today Houston released the former first-round pick.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow originally drafted Greene when he was with the Cardinals and figured he was worth taking a flier on, picking him up on the cheap in December.

Greene hit .167 this spring to play himself out of a job and the Astros snatched up Ronny Cedeno to be their starting shortstop last week after the Cardinals released him.

  1. spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Not really a Greene fan, always seemed too dense to put it all together, but if the Cards are considering Wiggington, wouldn’t Greene be a better option? He can run, play multiple positions, is an average 2B, is right-handed and has some pop.

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Oh God no.

      First off, the Cards aren’t “considering” Wiggington – they’ve “committed” $5 million to him over 2 years (goofy or not).

      Secondly, they sure as hell aren’t going to release him in favor of a guy they traded for a resin bag after a multitude of chances who got beat out by Ronny Cedeno and subseqently released by the worst team in big leagues.

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Money aside, what is it that Wiggington can do that Greene can’t?

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Other than tip the scale, of course.

      • okwhitefalcon - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Beyond said scale tipping…

        The WigMaster can allegedly fill in at 1B, 3B, LF, RF – allegedly.

        Greene can run, that’s it.

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        But the Birds have Carpenter/Descalso who are way better at 3B if needed. And Robinson is vastly superior at either corner outfield spots, plus Greene actually got some work in the OF, and has to be a better option their than Wiggy, and while he is sup-par as a SS, he could do in a pinch, and has always hit lefties pretty well, and could spell our lefty 2B duo.

        Wiggington cannot play SS, would be brutal at 2B, a statue in the outfield, wouldn’t pinch run for Molina, and is questionable as a viable pinch hitter posting a OPS+ of 86, 96, 87, and 85 respectively and he has had a crappy Spring.

        I cringe at the thought of bringing back Greene, but his skill set fits in nicely, as a role player for St. Louis, and probably would present a better chance to win games.

        Plus Betancourt is already gone.

      • okwhitefalcon - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        I wasn’t aware Tyler Greene came equipped with any “skill set” beyond wheels.

        Kidding spud, I couldn’t resist.

        They would never, and I mean ever eat Wig’s contract to bring back a player who has no business on any big league roster let alone the Cards.

  2. stex52 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    I seem to have stumbled into a chronosynplastic infidibulum. Didn’t we talk about this the other day?
    I remember looking up Cedeno’s stats and saying “Well crap, they didn’t get any bettter.” Trading a 29-year old SS who can’t get the job done for a 30-year old one. And the back up is worse.

    Well, time to cinch up our jock straps and start the season.

  3. jeffa43 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    De ja vu… All over again…

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Nothing personal, but I hope se stays gone….keeps conjuring up memories ofthe Phillies Tyler Green http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/greenty01.shtml

    Ditto for the D’Backs Adam Eaton

  5. Old Gator - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    There have been so many releases the last couple of days, I feel like I’ve been boating under a flock of pelicans.

  6. kelshannon19 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Picking him up in December? He played for the Astros last season.

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