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Astros designate Brett Wallace for assignment

Feb 6, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

Brett Wallace AP

To make room for free agent signing Jerome Williams on the 40-man roster the Astros have designated first baseman Brett Wallace for assignment.

Wallace was once a top prospect, but it turned out he couldn’t really play third base defensively and never developed into the impact bat many people pegged him for in the minors. Now he’s a 27-year-old career .242 hitter with 29 homers and a .704 OPS in 311 games, including some ugly K/BB ratios.

  1. chacochicken - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    But his mother still loves him.

  2. cackalackyank - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Hello, Mr. Cashman? Sure I’d love to come to Spring Training in Tampa with the Yankees. When do I report?

  3. cohnjusack - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    I remember arguing loudly about what a bad move it was to trade Brett Wallace for Matt Holliday.

    Not my finest moment…

    • APBA Guy - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      It’s worse than that for the G & P Beane:

      11/2008-A’s got Matt Holliday for Greg Smith, Huston Street, and Carlos Gonzalez.

      7/2009:The A’s sent Holliday and $1.5 million to the Cardinals and received Brett Wallace, Shane Peterson and right-hander Clayton Mortensen.

      Yikes-rated as one of the 10 worst deals in A’s history by Bleacher Report. And I think that’s being kind.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        Normally I’d chuck condescendingly at those who use bleacher report as a source, but when they’re right they’re right.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        …err, chuckle. not sure what happened there

    • okwhitefalcon - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      Don’t feel too bad, Wallace and Co just brought Holliday to STL as a rental.

      120 mil of Dewitt’s $ got him to stay.

      • cohnjusack - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        …and thus far has provided $90 million in value while thus far earning $68 million.
        (using FanGraphs Free Agent/Value tool)

      • okwhitefalcon - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM


        One of the few 100+ million/long term FA signings that has provided the actual bang for the buck.

    • natstowngreg - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      A lot of fans (and not a few GMs) agreed with you.

      Just another cautionary tale. It’s hard to judge how well a kid, even with a lot of potential, will do in the big time.

    • forsch31 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Even if Wallace turned out to be a major league player, he was actually expendable for the Cardinals. It was obvious by the time of his trade that he couldn’t play third, nor any other position other than first. St. Louis had some guy supposedly entrenched there named Albert, and Allen Craig, a better bat, began playing first in Memphis that same year. Mortensen had his fans among prospect watchers, but he was still a mid-rotation prospect (aka, a dime a dozen) and Peterson was a C-level longshot. Holliday was a rental, but he still was one of the best outfielders in the league.

      I actually had a harder time with the Mark DeRosa trade.

      • cohnjusack - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        My problem was actually with Holliday, who I largely felt was a product of Coors Field. If you remember, he’d actually gotten off to a pretty poor start in Oakland, posting an OPS below 800 until a hot streak a week before the trade. Craig, though hitting better, was also two years older which is an eternity in minor league time.

        …but I was clearly wrong about all of that, so I should probably stop digging myself in deeper by arguing my justifications for it.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Didn’t the Astros send someone to the Blue Jays for this guy?

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      Anthony Gose

      • jmbic - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:57 AM

        Gose might be lucky to even have Wallace’s career – he appears to be a complete bust.

  5. jeffa43 - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Paging Mr. Singleton, Mr. Singleton, Paging Mr. Singleton…… Your time is near….

    Japhet Amador… Mexican league legend, will get a shot for now.

    • jmbic - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      Amador looks like he ate the Walrus.

  6. jmbic - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Sorry, an image:

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