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The Astros are looking for a first baseman

Mar 18, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

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Jayson Stark reports that the Astros have been calling teams in an effort to acquire a first baseman. Stark says that among the potential targets are Mike Carp of the Red Sox, John Mayberry of the Phillies, and Tyler Moore of the Nationals.

No word if they’d be in on Ike Davis, who we just noted is being shopped.


  1. NatsLady - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Ike Davis isn’t even good enough for the Astros? Gonna be some year for the Metsies.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    If Carter is somewhat brutal in the OF, how about moving him to 1B and dealing with a search for a LF. Surplus OFs seem easier to find that (quality) 1Bs.

    • jeffa43 - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Fowler cf, Grossman lf, Hoes rf, Krause & Springer breaking in.

      No need for of.

      What happened to the Mexican League legend they talked about the last few months? He was supposed to be 1b option.

      Singleton may make the team, if he can hit over the next week.

    • scatterbrian - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Carter is somewhat brutal at 1B.

      • scatterbrian - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        One up and two down? Apparently this comment was read Carter, Carter’s mom, and one Astros fan (but it’s unclear which of them actually gave the thumbs up).

  3. ochospantalones - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    The Phillies should accept whatever they’re offering for Mayberry immediately. Picking up his contract was a mistake in the first place.

    • professor59 - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      If they want Ryan Howard enough to pick up his contract, I’ll be happy to drive him to the airport…

  4. jcmeyer10 - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    They can have Lavarnway from the Sox.

  5. happytwinsfan - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    the twins got a bunch of average-ish hitters that you don’t want on the field anywhere except first base. a decent double A middle infield prospect should be enough for them to land one.

  6. cohnjusack - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    I hear Brett Wallace is available…

  7. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Carp may work out but, based upon today’s performance, he wouldn’t have fit in with the Astros’ “Killer B’s” of the late 90’s.

  8. happytwinsfan - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    maybe they should give barry bonds a call

  9. stex52 - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Very discouraging if they don’t think Singleton is ready. He has been on the horizon for a long time now. Seems like we’re getting close to put up or shut up time.

    • jeffa43 - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      His first 16 at bats he was 0-16, with 8 walks.
      His plate discipline has been good.

      The last week he has hit some balls hard, HR, 2b, and 3b, and looked like he could be a force in the making.

      He is recently turned 22, so we are far from put up or shut up.

      Springer looks like he is putting a lot of pressure on himself. The way Villar is playing soccer on d, Correa may be closer then we think… His glove is Rediculously good.

    • stex52 - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      22 I realize. But five years in the minors is another way to look at it. I knew he was off to a bad start, but I haven’t seen numbers for the last week. Obviously the Astros are working on the assumption he won’t be. That is prudent, but you asked the other good question. Krauss, Carter, Amador? Hard to see them buying a first baseman with all of those possibilities.

  10. gloccamorra - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    The Astros got Jesus Guzman from the Padres, so they should be set. Of course, he’s hitting only .175, but that’s just Spring Training numbers. How can they miss with Jesus on the team?

    • stex52 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      And cue the Big Liebowski.

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