One of our favorite pasttimes last summer wasn't commenting on game threads or writing 1,000-word pieces on Hank Conger's framing skills. No, part of the twisted fun came from complaining about Marc Krauss and Jesus Guzman keeping roster spots.
Well, kiss that fun goodbye. Evan Drellich is reporting Krauss is now a former Astro.
Krauss, 27, hit .194/.279/.323 in 208 plate appearances for the Astros last season. In 354 career PAs, Krauss hit .200/.274/.341 with 10 home runs.
The left fielder/first baseman was a left-handed pinch hitter and part-time player for the Astros who never found his MLB stride. He was acquired from the Diamondbacks, along with Bobby Borchering, for Chris Johnson in 2012.
With the move, Houston now has 38 players on its 40-man roster. It also continues a trend of the Angels grabbing former Houston corner outfielders, as J.B. Shuck preceded him in Anaheim.
While this could be a precursor for Houston making a deal, it could also be general housekeeping. The waiver process takes some time, meaning the Astros would have put Krauss on last week at some time.
What do you think? Are you bummed out that you won't have Krauss to kick when Houston's offense struggles? Do you think Houston gave up on the powerful outfielder too soon?