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Astros trade catcher Hank Conger to Rays for cash considerations

No more robo-Conger.

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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.

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 StassiAlfredo 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.