Astros To Designate Lucas Harrell For Assignment

The Astros will designate pitcher Lucas Harrell for assignment, reports Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). With Scott Feldman set to return from bereavement leave on Thursday, Houston apparently decided to remove the out-of-options righty from the active roster.

It has been quite a fall from grace for the 28-year-old, who this time last year was being named as a solid trade target for contenders. Indeed, in 2012, he threw to a 3.76 ERA in 193 2/3 innings, with a 57.2% ground ball rate and 6.5 K/9 against 3.6 BB/9. But last year was a struggle, as Harrell managed only a 5.86 ERA in 153 2/3 innings, and both struck out and walked 5.2 batters per nine. He has had a rough start to the current season as well.

With less than three years of service on his clock, Harrell will come with future control, which is certainly attractive. One major issue, however, is the fact that he is out of options, meaning that any club that trades for or claims him would need to let him work out his issues at the MLB level.

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10 Comments on "Astros To Designate Lucas Harrell For Assignment"

1 year 5 months ago

Astros actually don’t need to create room on the 40-man roster for Springer; only 39 players on it now. But they need to be at 40 players on the roster in order to DFA Harrell. They’ve already optioned Grossman to AAA to make room on the 25-man roster. They’ll bring up Springer and then DFA Harrell to make room for someone else.

1 year 5 months ago

No need mostly likely Paul Clemens is staying in the bigs

1 year 5 months ago

Yup Clemens will stay put and Feldman comes off Bereavement on Thursday. Either Clemens or Peacock will take the rotation spot (Hoping Peacock gets another shot)

1 year 5 months ago

Harrell: It’s about time.
Springer: It’s about time.

1 year 5 months ago

If I’m basically any team in the sport, I’m claiming this guy and then immediately DFA’ing him again to try and get him into my system.

1 year 5 months ago

I wonder if the Royals couldn’t use him in their bullpen until he gets things under control. Could be a good long relief option in order to send Duffy back to AAA to start.