Thanks, Jeff Luhnow. The Astros GM is apparently getting all his work done before Thanskgiving, making two trades Wednesday and announcing a signing.
After trading Jed Lowrie back to Oakland, Jon Heyman is reporting that the Astros sent outfielder L.J. Hoes back to Baltimore for cash considerations.
Lj hoes traded back to baltimore— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 25, 2015
Confirming #orioles acquired L.J. Hoes from Astros. Told for cash considerations— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) November 25, 2015
Hoes was on the 40-man roster, but was designated for assignment late last week to clear room for Rule 5 protections. The Astros had 10 days from that point to trade him or release him and found a taker in his former team.
Hoes played in eight games for Houston last season, picking up four hits in 16 plate appearances. He played in 109 games over three seasons for Houston, hitting .240/.292/.332 during that time. He didn't get much of a chance to earna starting job after the 2013 season, when he was acquired in a deal for Bud Norris.
In another minor roster move, a Spanish-language publication is reporting that the Astros signed Colombian infielder Samir Caraballo.
.@astros signed Colombian Samir Caraballo - https://t.co/7BSmX1BFzx #Astros @jluhnow @brianmctaggart @EvanDrellich @CrawfishBoxes— Josh Jones (@jrocke217) November 25, 2015
The 17-year-old has not a lot of information out on him, but here's a video.
I'm sure more moves are coming for this roster. We'll try to keep things up-to-date as we hear more.