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3 paths for Astros first baseman Taylor Jones

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Keep Taylor Jones as a bench option.

You can never have too many solid bats with positional flexibility, so having Jones available only helps the Astros. The Astros are loaded in the outfield, while Jones’ only real path is getting time at first base or as a designated hitter.

He could continue to play first base, when Gurriel has off days and perhaps even DH if guys like Alvarez and Brantley need rest. However, it’s hard for me to see Jones appearing in more than 40 games throughout the season in this scenario.

And, I’m not sure a guy can continue developing if he only sees 100 at-bats in a season.

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