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Brett Wallace clears waivers, gets camp invite

Feb 12, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that first baseman Brett Wallace has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He will be in Astros camp this spring as a non-roster invitee, hoping to earn back his 40-man roster spot.

Wallace was designated for assignment by the Houston front office last week to make room for newly-signed starting pitcher Jerome Williams.

Wallace was selected 13th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft and was the centerpiece of a trade for Matt Holliday one year later, but he’s a .242/.313/.391 career hitter in 1,077 major league plate appearances and will turn 28 years old this summer. Hope is running out.

  1. jkaflagg - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Despite his repeated failures to secure a regular job in Houston, many felt that he still had the potential to become a solid player; but the refusal of every other MLB team to bother to claim him on waivers would seem to indicate that his propspect status has long since expired. I do think that in exactly the right circumstance he might be able to contribute as a platoon 1B/DH, but that chance will need to be somewhere other than Houston…..

    • stex52 - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      The only bright spot I can pick out is that he was a deal for Gose, who isn’t performing either. If the Astros have a place for him this year, then I fear that their development plan is not working.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    bluejays maybe?

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