The Astros are claiming utilityman Jacob Wilson off waivers from the Athletics, according to announcements from both teams. Oakland had designated Wilson for assignment over the weekend. Righty Tyler Ivey is being transferred to the 60-day injured list to create 40-man roster space, relays Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link).
Wilson, 31, is a former Cardinals draftee who bounced between a few organizations without getting a major league shot before signing with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization in 2019. The right-handed hitter performed well in South Korea before returning stateside, inking a minor league deal with the A’s over the offseason. He mashed at a .288/.385/.630 clip over 218 plate appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas (albeit in a hitter’s paradise) to earn his first big league call last month.
The A’s gave Wilson just seven plate appearances over six games (in which he picked up his first big league hit) before designating him upon acquiring Josh Harrison and Yan Gomes in a deadline deal with the Nationals. Clearly, the Astros were sufficiently intrigued by his minor league performance to give him another shot on a 40-man roster. Wilson saw action at each of second base, third base and in left field this season, and he still has all three minor league option years remaining. If Wilson sticks on the 40-man, he can serve as a bat-first mutli-position option to keep in the high minors.
Ivey suffered an elbow issue that he acknowledged in June was likely to end his season. He had been on the minor league injured list, but the Astros need to place him on the major league 60-day injured list to open a 40-man roster spot. Doing so will entitle Ivey to big league pay and service time for as long as he remains on the 60-day IL (presumably the remainder of the season).