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March 19, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Filling First Base

by Daniel Rathman


Astros “calling around” about available first-base types
After releasing long-ago top prospect Brett Wallace last week, the Astros are in the hunt for depth at first base, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

Among players already on the club’s 40-man roster, manager Bo Porter could go with Jesus Guzman, Marc Krauss, or Chris Carter, who is currently penciled in as the team’s regular designated hitter. The Astros have Mexican signee Japhet Amador in camp as a non-roster invitee, and the 315-pounder told reporters last month that his goal is to win the Opening Day job. No. 5 prospect Jonathan Singleton scuffled in 73 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City last year, so he might need a bit more upper-minors seasoning before he’s ready to tackle an everyday gig.

Stark named Mike Carp, a left-handed hitter, and John Mayberry Jr. and Tyler Moore, who both bat right-handed, as possible acquisitions, but he also included a caveat, calling all of them “unlikely fits.” In addition to Carp, general manager Jeff Luhnow might contact the Red Sox about Ryan Lavarnway, who is publicly on the trading block, per Sean McAdam of Comcast Sports Net New England.

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