The Astros have acquired Joe Inglett from the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, tweets Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.
Inglett, 32, has seen time at shortstop, second base, third base, and all three outfield spots over the course of his career. The utility man owns a respectable career line of .286/.345/.397 over 871 career plate appearances. He carries a significant platoon split, having hit just .200/.310/.253 against southpaws, though that data comes from a very small sample size of just 91 plate appearances.
Alyson Footer adds, via Twitter, that Inglett comes to the Astros as a non-roster player and will be in the mix for a job as a left-handed bench bat.
Joe Inglett is a great guy. We miss his presence on the Blue Jays.
I really liked Joe Inglett in his time with the Jays. Sort of picked up where Reed Johnson left off.
I didn’t know you could trade NRIs…they’re “non roster” invitees after all…
they have contracts
He signed a minor league contract. It’s just the trade of a minor leaguer. Then Houston can add him to their major league roster.
I would have liked to have seen the Twins trade for this guy. Hughes and Tolbert are battling for the utility position and neither have a good all around game but Inglett would have been great.
Joe Inglett is fantastic at plugging those holes, on that defense he’ll really help stop the bleeding. His kind sure are disposable, however, and come with a fresh scent.
I loved having him for a short period of time here in Cleveland. Often times he got compared to Grady, but never really got his chance to prove himself.