Moylan, 34 (soon to be 35), has signed a minor-league contract with the Astros including an invitation to Spring Training. The deal was first reported by Ben Nicholson-Smith via twitter.
Moylan is coming off a a disappointing short Dodgers stint in 2013 where he had a 6.46 ERA, 1.96 WHIP, and 3.65 BAA in 15.1 IP. Moylan hasn’t had much success since his days with the Atlanta Braves. In 2007, 2009, and 2010, Moylan recorded a sub-3.00 ERA in at least 63 IP, including a 1.80 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 90 innings during the 2007 season.
Since 2008, Moylan has had Tommy John surgery, back surgery, and a torn rotator cuff. Moylan signed a 1-year contract with the Dodgers in hopes of regaining his value, though he struggled at the MLB level. This signing is another buy-low opportunity for the Astros as they hope Moylan can regain his form from his Atlanta Braves days. It wouldn’t surprise me if Moylan makes the squad out of Spring Training.
According to Sean Feist of the Crawfish Boxes, the Astros have signed Adron Chambers, formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals (DUH). No Astros reporter has picked up on the signing, though Rob Rains (St. Louis Cardinals beat writer) has confirmed the signing. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish was the first to link Chambers to the Astros. .
Chambers, 27, has hit .216 with a .584 OPS in 88 career at-bats over three seasons with the Cardinals. He was selected in the 38th round of the 2007 draft and is presumably a Jeff Luhnow draftee. Chambers’ best minor league season came in 2012 where he batted .319 with a .405 OBP and a .809 OPS. Chambers is a career .277 hitter in 2332 at-bats in the minor leagues.
Hopefully Chambers likes Oklahoma City as he is likely to not see Houston next season. This was a minor league depth move and Chambers will likely replace Che-Hsuan Lin at OKC. For Astros fan’s sake, I hope their are more significant signings or trades in the future!