To make room for Marc Krauss on the 40-man roster the Astros have designated RHP Ross Seaton for assignment. The Astros added Seaton to the 40-man prior to November’s Rule 5 draft — but poor performance and the addition of more pitching depth within the organization spelled the end for Seaton. The 23-year old has not been able to adapt to the AAA level.
A couple of former Astros are in the news today, as well. John Heyman has reported that Jose Valverde has been designated for assignment by the Tigers. Papa Grande (or “Crazy Eye” as I like to call him) just couldn’t get it done in the ninth inning for Detroit. After his infamous 2012 post-season, Valverde was non-tendered by the Tigers before eventually signing and working his way back to the big leagues. Valverde had some early success this season but it was short-lived. Valverde’s days in the Motor City are over and he will try to catch on with another team in need of a late inning reliever.
Carlos Lee has officially announced his retirement from baseball. “El Caballo” told ESPN Deportes that he had received one-year offers from four different teams for this season but was looking for a 2-year deal. Lee retires one day after his 37th birthday — but the way he played over the last couple of seasons I would have sworn he was 40.
The Astros signed Lee to a 6-year, $100 million free agent contract prior to the 2007 season and Carlos was a force in the middle of the Houston lineup for the next three seasons. The problem turned out to be the following three seasons. Astros fans gave Lee plenty of grief after his skills declined, blaming his huge contract for the team’s woeful record. I was always one of the Lee apologists, trying to point out the positives and standing behind the big guy. Even though he struggled mightily near the end — things turned out great as the Astros were able to acquire Matt Dominguez from the Marlins in exchange for Lee.
Happy Ranching, Carlos! Thanks for the memories.