Mar 6, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Jon Singleton (21) at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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This move is one that most Astros fans feels needs to be addressed the soonest. Chris Carter is batting .172 while hitting seven homers and 22 RBI’s, and most of the comments on Twitter are that the Astros need to dump Carter. Here is why they can’t do that because Carter was hitting this way prior to June last year, and then boom went the dynamite. If the Astros drop Carter, they would have to put him on waivers. He will be claimed by another team because teams are desperate for the power the Carter can offer. Can they trade Carter, yes, but don’t expect a significant return unless he starts hitting.
Can Singleton be added to the major league roster right now, with Carter still on the roster? Yes, but the Astros are not going to send down the budding star Preston Tucker, and Marwin Gonzalez is too valuable as a utility player for the Astros. In case you have lived under a rock the past week, Villar has improved his play recently and is hitting .250 at the moment.
The only way to get Singelton up is to go away from the Astros carrying 13 pitchers, but which reliever will get the ax? Your bullpen is the strength of the team, why take away from what’s helping you win? The only way the Astros can do it is to send Jake Buchanan to Triple-A, and use that roster spot until Brett Oberholtzer is ready to rejoin the team.
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