Astros Inquiring On First Basemen

While the Pirates have been linked to nearly every first baseman on the market, ESPN's Jayson Stark reports (via Twitter) that the Astros are also calling clubs about potentially available first basemen. Stark says Houston has placed calls on Mike Carp, John Mayberry and Tyler Moore, though he classifies each of the three as an "unlikely fit."

That the Astros are seeking a first baseman is a bit curious, given top prospect Jonathan Singleton's presence at Triple-A. He figures to be their long-term solution at the position, though none of the three listed by Stark is exactly the type of player who would block Singleton once he's ready for the Majors. This isn't the first we've heard of the Astros looking for first basemen this winter, however, as James Loney said that Houston made him a similar offer to the one he accepted from the Rays.

Carp was a key part of Boston's roster with a strong 2013 in which he slashed .296/.362/.523 with nine homers in a platoon capacity (he has long struggled against left-handed pitching). The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo recently pegged him as a trade candidate, however, given a possible roster crunch. Mayberry and Moore seem like the types that would be more available in a trade, as neither has a clearly defined role on his respective team. In late January, it was reported that Mayberry could be moved in Spring Training. Going further back, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported in December that the Astros could be interested in Moore as a first base option.

For the time being, some combination of Jesus Guzman and Chris Carter figures to hold down the first base job in Houston while Singleton develops. The club also has Japhet Amador in camp as a non-roster invitee. 

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  1. SpaceOwl 1 year ago

    We’ll give them Ike Davis for a bag of balls and some Big League Chew.

  2. sflomenb 1 year ago

    Send Howard there

  3. brian310 1 year ago

    Adam Dunn! He’s from Texas…

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

      Dunn is one of the few player who is actually worse than Chris Carter.

      • JamieFC 1 year ago

        Hey, he strikes out, walks or homers. At least you know what you’re going to get haha

  4. Mitchell Killian 1 year ago

    Mike Carp, eh? Sounds fishy…

  5. Drazthegr8 1 year ago

    Nats fan here – Tyler Moore would be a great fit there – he’s not getting the opportunity in DC and the Nats have a bunch of other options – I’d trade Moore for a A-ball prospect and will enjoy watching Moore be a strong contributor for the Astros.

    • WolandJR 1 year ago

      Free Tyler Moore! that guy will hit if you give him ABs.

      • Drazthegr8 1 year ago

        Agree 100%. We will regret letting him go, but it’s the only way to go right now.

        • WolandJR 1 year ago

          A sign of a well run organization is knowing when to do a blocked player a solid and trade him. With Matt Skole waiting in the wings, the Nats still have some depth at the position.

    • Moore can help the Astros as a backup first baseman, but he’s too much a Quad-A type player for a contender like the Nats — especially if Zimmerman is going to play his share of games at 1B to give Rendon some time at the hot corner when Espinosa plays 2B.

  6. wesleyisme 1 year ago

    I saw Japhet Amador play in the Fall League – would love to see him make team. I think if he does, he’d go on record as the heaviest position player… listed at 315 lbs.

  7. hediouspb 1 year ago

    i don’t understand the belief that carp wouldn’t be available. there is going to be a roster crunch in boston if sizemore is ready to start. they can send jackie bradley down and keep sizemore, victerino, gomes, nava and carp but at some point it would be good to have a true back up in center. with nava available at first moving carp makes a lot of sense unless they decide to ship nava.

    • Victoria Roberts 1 year ago

      I see Carp being expendable, but both Sizemore and Victorino can play center. There isn’t any need for another centerfielder, and if one of them goes down you bring up Bradley. If you trade Carp, Bradley starts the year with the Sox instead of at AAA. It’s not a bad problem to have really.

    • BusterMaloney 1 year ago

      Victorino was a gold glove CF before moving to RF for Boston.

  8. MB923 1 year ago

    Mariners got plenty of those.

  9. haplito 1 year ago

    Twins should send them Chris Parmalee.

  10. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    Its hard for me to see a trade fit here. The Astros aren’t in a position to trade prospects for a win now type player and they don’t have much in the way of MLB talent to trade for a star 1B prospect.

  11. DirtyJay 1 year ago

    I think Ruf would be a good fit, however I think Krauss has this.

  12. connfyoozed . 1 year ago

    Back off, Houston. Shopping for 1st basemen and dealing with daily rumors about who our team might be looking at is Pirates territory. We were here first! 😉

    • Spencer Smith 1 year ago

      You want Guzman? Please take him. You can have Krauss and Carter too. We’ll take… well, just about anything in return.

      • Kennon Riley 1 year ago

        Um… Krauss is pretty good. He just needs regular playing time which is something he didn’t receive in 2013.

  13. The_Unnatural 1 year ago

    “he has long struggled against left-handed pitching” Carp has actually hit lefties slightly better for his career. I guess the Red Sox didn’t look at his splits and just assumed he couldn’t hit lefties.

    • homer
      psabella 1 year ago

      I missed your post and said the same thing a few hours later. Didn’t mean to stomp the post.My bad

  14. MadmanTX 1 year ago

    Moreland from the Rangers for Jason Castro?

    • dilbert719 1 year ago

      Don’t do that to me. I’m stuck with Castro as my starting catcher in fantasy, and in Texas I can’t imagine him starting.

      • Matt Bennett 1 year ago

        Jason Castro would start on the majority of MLB teams, including the Rangers. He’s only 26, cost controllable, plays above average defense, and hit to a .276/.350/.485 line last year as a catcher. He’s one of the most underrated players in baseball.

    • Spencer Smith 1 year ago

      Not for JUST moreland. Moreland and a prospect in at least double A- plus cash.

      • Rangerbourne 1 year ago

        How about Moreland + Engle Beltre + AA pitcher? E. Beltre is out of options, and would be an upgrade over Hoes.

        • Spencer Smith 1 year ago

          I’d sign off depending on the quality of the AA pitcher- have to have upside.

    • Bob 1 year ago

      now who in their right mind would trade a cost controlled catcher on the rise for a 1b whose showed barely anything?

      • Spencer Smith 1 year ago

        The ‘stros have other catchers on the rise in the system. Castro has a history of injury and will soon get expensive. But, if they could get a top AA pitching prospect and a serviceable 1b and cash…

  15. Tom R. Rowley 1 year ago

    The Red Sox are shopping Ryan Lavarnway. Just Sayin…

  16. Kennon Riley 1 year ago

    I think Marc Krauss is capable of winning the job out of spring training. It will be interesting to see if the organization chooses to have him play a bench role again.

    • Spencer Smith 1 year ago

      I think there’s no way Krauss is an every day guy. I’m wondering what this means for Guzman- but I’d love to see them dump Carter- he’s never going to get better than he is right now.

      • TSOLID 1 year ago

        How long you been scouting to figure out that a guy that hit 26 or 27hrs in his First FULL season isn’t going to get any better? Wish I was that good to figure that out.

        • Spencer Smith 1 year ago

          It’s not the homers. It’s the .233 average- that drops to .209 vs the AL. It’s the 212 strike outs in 506 at bats. It’s the 70 walks- which isn’t bad, but that means that out of 506 at bats he only put the ball in play about half the time he was at the plate. He is, basically, Adam Dunn. His OBP is average. If you take into account his homeruns, he only plated 53 runs scored by other players. NOT a cleanup guy. I think if you look at his numbers in the minors you’ll find similar trends to Dunn too.

  17. Zak Arn 1 year ago

    If someone has actually called RAJ about JMJ he should trade him immediately.

  18. homer
    psabella 1 year ago

    The thing about Carp is he does not struggle against lefties. His career numbers albeit smaller sample is better against lefties than righties and even last year they were decent again a small sample. I do not know why people including the red sox think he cannot be a starter.

  19. OriginalHitman 1 year ago

    If I was Luhnow, I’d give Jack Z a call & inquire about Justin Smoak. A place like Minute Maid seems like a good fit for Smoak.

  20. jwsox 1 year ago

    Adam Dunn for nothing a low a ball reliever

  21. Ryan 1 year ago

    Would literally drive Mayberry to Houston for…….anything

  22. Rcsully 1 year ago

    Lavarnway is a good fit for Astros and then they can slide him to catcher when Singleton is ready

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