Thursday, October 03, 2013
The Astros underwent some roster housekeeping Wednesday, adding first baseman Jonathan Singleton to the 40-man roster and outrighting right-handed pitcher Philip Humber, catchers Cody Clark and Matt Pagnozzi and infielder Brandon Laird.
The club also claimed left-handed pitcher Raul Valdes on waivers from the Phillies, bringing the 40-man roster to 38 players.
Humber, who had his option for 2014 declined, Laird and Pagnozzi can all elect free agency due to prior outrights, and Clark will become a Minor League free agent following the conclusion of the World Series.
Even during the postseason, the mill never stops turning.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Back in the 90s, the Pirates had an arrangement with the Diablos Rojos, which led to the Bucs getting Esteban Loaiza, Ricardo Rincon, Elmer Dessens, and Francisco Cordova. The arrangement wasn’t sustained for more than a few years (it went away after Kevin McClatchy took over the team), but that wasn’t a bad haul; all had varying degrees of success for the Pirates, and all but Cordova had decent careers elsewhere (Cordova got hurt, but
Since then, Mexico’s been pretty much an ignored source of potential talent, perhaps for good reasons. There are just 14 players who have played in the majors in 2013 who were born in Mexico, and while some have had success (Yovani Gallardo, Oliver Perez, Joakim Soria), most have operated on the fringes. And there have been very few Mexican-born hitters who have seen success in the majors - Vinny Castilla, Erubiel Durazo, Karim Garcia. Not since Fernando Valenzuela has there been a Mexican-born player who has been what I would call a true impact player.
The Astros are trying to change that:
The Astros have agreed to terms with the Diablos Rojos (Mexico City Red Devils) of the Mexican League to acquire first baseman Japhet Amador and outfielder Leo Heras. Amador will be assigned to Triple A-Oklahoma City, while Heras will report to Double-A Corpus Christi.
“Finding and acquiring the best Mexican talent is a priority for us,” Luhnow said. “We have increased our scouting of the Mexican baseball leagues and believe there are many players that can help the Houston Astros in the future.”
Houston has nothing to lose by opening the doors to Mexico, just as the Pirates didn’t. And if Amador and Heras can contribute as the Pirates’ group of pitchers did, the Astros will come out ahead on the deal, and perhaps we’ll see more players moving from the Mexican League to MLB.
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