The news that Brett Wallace had been designated for assignment was met with plenty of reaction. Some support the move while others are none too pleased. But there is one thing we all need to remember. Although it is likely, this doesn’t necessarily mean Wallace is finished as an Astro.
Being designated for assignment means the team has ten days to trade, release, or outright a player to the minors. Chances are there will be plenty of interest in Wallace and the club may be able to get something in return.
At the same time, Wallace has no minor league options remaining. That simple fact could scare some teams away. But I would be surprised if Wallace went through the waiver process without being claimed. That would be the only way he could stay with the organization.
Bo Porter told Evan Drellich that Wallace was the victim of a numbers crunch and he is still hopeful that Brett can be retained by the organization. As for the fans, as I said, there have been mixed reactions among the Houston contingent.
Meanwhile, those who follow other teams have expressed interest in the left-handed hitting infielder. I’ve seen fans of the Mets, Pirates, Yankees, Blue Jays, and Red Sox ask about Wallace on Twitter. Kyle Lobner of Brew Crew Ball penned an article suggesting Milwaukee as a possible landing spot. Poll results reveal that an overwhelming majority of Lobner’s readers like the idea of acquiring Wallace.
If you read the recent player profile of Wallace then you already know how I feel. Here are some other opinions in the form of tweets shared by fans after the news broke that Wallace had been DFA’d.
— Deanna (@deannimals) February 7, 2014
— Randy Karraker (@RandyKarraker) February 7, 2014
— Jah Ickory (@JahIckory) February 7, 2014
— Kel Shannon (@kel_shannon19) February 7, 2014
Brett Wallace got DFA. ‘Bout damn time. #astros
— Nathan Goldstein (@nathan0223) February 7, 2014
@brettwallace29 loved you being on Astros, wish you the best wherever you go next.
— Brian Hough (@BrianHough13) February 7, 2014