Hank Conger's time with the Astros burned bright like a comet and disappeared as quick. The Astros have traded catcher Hank Conger to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations.
#Astros officially trade C Hank Conger to Tampa Bay in exchange for cash considerations.— Houston Astros (@astros) December 3, 2015
The deal is announced within an hour after the non-tender deadline, which means more than likely the Astros were leaning not tendering Conger. Entering today, the Astros had four catchers on the 40-man roster including Jason Castro (who was tendered), Max Stassi, Alfredo Gonzalez (who was added before the Rule-5 deadline this past month), and Conger.
Conger batted .229 (46x201) with 25 runs scored, 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 33 RBIs, and .759 OPS. Conger added some power to a position that normally doesn't have in the catcher position. But, the reason that Conger is more then likely wearing a different uniform in 2015 was his arm behind the plate -- Conger was 1-for-43 throwing out runners in 69 appearances.
The Astros accrued Conger on Nov. 5, 2014 by trading catcher Carlos Perez and right-handed pitcher Nick Tropeano to the Angels.