Astros: Players in DFA or trade trouble “if” Souza makes 40-man

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Houston Astros, Robel Garcia
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Could infielder Robel Garcia be on the block again?

While not being widely known by Astros fans, Garcia was claimed off waivers in late February from the Los Angeles Angels, as infield depth for AAA. The right-hander has had a steady spring training with the ability to play the infield and some outfield. The power hitter has been claimed off waivers by a small group of teams since July of 2020, and by this history, he might not have too much trade value. The Astros are lacking experienced infield depth in their higher levels of the minor leagues, but they also have Freudis Nova and Jeremy Pena set to make their debuts either this season or in 2022.

The team is currently holding nine infielders on their 40-man roster spot with Abraham Toro being an extra utility infielder like Garcia would be. If he does succeed this spring, he will likely become the next Jack Mayfield but with power behind his swing. If not, he could be a player to give up his 40-man spot due to his inconsistencies at the plate. If he does make it through the designated for assignment process, he would end up back in the minor league system and still have options.