The contract extension and call up of Jon Singleton has been news since lunch time today. The Astros have made it official, announced the corresponding move to get Singleton on to the 25-man roster. Marc Krauss has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
#Astros officially sign 1B Jon Singleton to a 5-year contract (2014-18) with 3 club option years (2019-21). He will be in uniform tomorrow.— Houston Astros (@astros) June 2, 2014
To make room for Singleton on the active roster, the #Astros have optioned IF Marc Krauss to Triple A OKC.— Houston Astros (@astros) June 2, 2014
Krauss was platooned with Jesus Guzman at first throughout the season, he was batting .179 (19-110) with seven extra-base hits, 14 RBIs, 14 walk, and 35 strike outs. Krauss faced right-handed pitching in 107 of his 110 at-bats this season, he is batting .168 (18-107). In the month of May, he was batting .214 (12-56) with two home runs and nine RBIs. This season Krauss has posted a 66 wRC+* and a -0.8 WAR*.
The biggest strike against Krauss wasn't necssarly his bat, because it's only May after all. His fielding wasn't up to snuff, Bo Porter rarely kept Krauss at first through nine innnings. Porter would switch to Guzman soon after Krauss' last at-bat of the game.
It's now Singleton's time at first base, long may he reign.
(*Stats courtesy of Fangraphs)