Despite some whispers, the Astros had not made any moves since the signing of OF Michael Brantley until Sunday when they confirmed a deal that sent infielder J.D. Davis to the New York Mets in a five-player swap. Houston sent Davis along with minor league infielder Cody Bohanek, receiving three prospects back from the Mets.
Davis: Scores vs Mets in 2017
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Houston will receive 19-year-old second baseman Luis Santana who played last year in the Rookie League. Outfielder Ross Adolph and catcher Scott Manea were also sent to the Astros.
The Mets have an opening at third base after oft-injured star David Wright retired. Davis, a former third-round choice from Cal State-Fullerton, will get a chance to compete for that job - a position blocked in Houston by All-Star Alex Bregman. In parts of two seasons in AAA Fresno, Davis hit .335 with 22 homers in 101 games. Yet in two call-ups to the parent club, he batted .194 with 5 homers in 64 games.
The 25-year-old clearly needed a new opportunity.
None of the received prospects are expected to make immediate impacts with the club although Manea has the door wide open to advance rapidly among the thin catching ranks in the Houston organization. At the A-ball level last year, Manea batted .261 with 12 homers in 100 games.
As for more widely-discussed names associated with the Astros (Seth Lugo, J.T. Realmuto, Robbie Ray, etc.) there are still discussions but no movement. There are six weeks until pitchers and catchers report to West Palm Beach to begin 2019 spring training. The first exhibition game will be against the Washington Nationals on February 23rd.
The Hall of Fame results will be announced soon and the Astros have some candidates on the ballot including Roger Clemens, Jeff Kent and Billy Wagner. None seem to be on the cusp of induction this year.
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- Bob Hulsey