Saturday, March 22, 2014

Astros Spring Training Roster Moves

The news came this morning that OF J.D. Martinez has been released by the Astros, LHP Darin Downs has been optioned to Oklahoma City and infielders Japhet Amador and Gregorio Petit have been re-assigned to minor league camp.

Of the 34 players remaining in big league camp, four will almost certainly start the season on the DL: RHP Alex White, RHP Jesse Crain, Asher Wojciechowski and RHP Peter Moylan (who is looking at possible TJ surgery according to reports from yesterday). That brings us to 30 players, two of whom (Catchers Rene Garcia and Carlos Perez) are destined for the minors, barring any unforeseen injuries.

That brings us effectively down to 28 players. If the Astros break camp with 13 pitchers, they will need to cut one from the list of healthy pitchers. I think it likely that the odd man out will come out of this group: Harrell, Keuchel, Valdes and Williams. I am assuming that either Keuchel or Valdes will make the team to give the Astros a third lefty option, but I find it unlikely that both will.

And they will need to cut two position players. Since Adron Chambers and Cesar Izturis aren't currently on the 40-man roster, they are probably the most likely victims as far as position players go unless the Astros decide to part company with Jesus Guzman who has not had a great spring. The one possible monkeywrench in this scenario is that the Astros are reported to still be looking at first base options.

RHP Matt Albers
RHP Anthony Bass
LHP Kevin Chapman
RHP Jarred Cosart
RHP Jesse Crain (probable DL stint)
RHP Scott Feldman
RHP Josh Fields
RHP Lucas Harrell
LHP Dallas Keuchel
RHP Peter Moylan (probable DL stint)
LHP Brett Oberholtzer
RHP Brad Peacock
RHP Chad Qualls
LHP Raul Valdes
RHP Alex White (probable DL stint)
RHP Jerome Williams
RHP Asher Wojciechowski (probable DL stint)
RHP Josh Zeid

Jason Castro
Carlos Corporan
Rene Garcia
Carlos Perez

Jose Altuve
Chris Carter
Matt Dominguez
Marwin Gonzalez
Jesus Guzman
Cesar Izturis
Marc Kraus (IF/OF)
Jonathan Villar

Adron Chambers
Dexter Fowler
Robbie Grossman
L.J. Hoes

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