According to Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) and Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) the Houston Astros have decided to DFA (designate for assignment) Brett Wallace in order to make room for Jerome Williams.
The Astros designated infielder Brett Wallace for assignment to make room for Jerome Williams.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 6, 2014
When the Astros signed Jerome Williams to a one year deal, no one expected this move to clear a spot for Williams. Though Wallace was definitely on the hot seat for some time, there seemed to some other options before Wallace. But enough of that, let’s get to the actually move.
Wallace was acquired in the deal that sent Roy Oswalt to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Astros acquired Anthony Gose as part of the deal with the Phillies, but then sent him to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Wallace. In four different seasons with the Astros, Wallace combined to hit just .242 with 29 home runs and a .704 OPS.
The 27-year old Wallace was given chance after chance to stick with the Astros. Wallace started the season just 1/24 with 16 strikeouts in 2013, before being sent down to Oklahoma City. After hammering Triple-A pitching, as he did for most of his career, Wallace came back and hit .240 with 13 home runs from the end of June until the end of the season.
After being drafted by Jeff Luhnow in the 1st round of the 2008 MLB Draft, it appears that even Mr. Luhnow couldn’t justify his roster spot. Wallace was expected to compete for the first base gig this spring, but instead will likely find his way to another team (AAA or MLB) for the 2014 season.
Evan Drellich notes that Wallace is now out of options. Expect Wallace to be picked up shortly, as there is likely at least one more team that thinks Wallace can still somewhat pan out. The Astros can still trade Wallace and that seems like the most likely route as teams the Astros will be looking to recoup some value.