Houston Astros first baseman Jon Singleton signed a five-year contract upon being called up to the big leagues Monday.
Houston has received precious little production at first base. Singleton, 22, had 14 home runs and 10 doubles with a .267 batting average in 54 games at triple-A this season. His contract could be worth $35 million including three team option years at $10 million per season.
Singleton was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies for Hunter Pence on July 29, 2011 along with current Houston starting pitcher Jarred Cosart.
Antoher Astros prospect, outfielder George Springer, turned down a seven-year, $24 million deal before the start of the 2014 season.
Just two weeks ago, general manager Jeff Luhnow hinted Singleton would join the Astros soon.
“Singleton’s progressing. We see him as a guy who’s close to being able to contribute at the major league level,” Luhnow told MLB Network. “We’re excited. We’ve all seen the reaction the fans had at bringing up prospects like Springer and last year with Cosart and we have more coming. I would say Singleton is on deck.”
Suddenly Singleton could be in the heart of the order in Houston alongside Springer, who got off to a slow start before a home-run binge.
WHITE SOX ACTIVATE ABREU
The Chicago White Sox activated first baseman Jose Abreu from the 15-day disabled list Monday, the first day he was eligible to return.
Abreu missed more than two weeks due to posterior tibia tendinitis in his left ankle.
To make room for Abreu on the 25-man roster, the White Sox optioned third baseman Marcus Semien to Triple-A Charlotte. He had a batting line of .218/.287/.327 with three homers, 18 RBIs and three steals in 43 games this season.
Abreu, who was named the American League player and rookie of the month for April, was hitting .260 with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs when he landed on the DL.
Abreu's return should bolster a White Sox offense that has averaged just two runs during its last six games.
LAGARES GOES ON DL
The New York Mets placed centre fielder Juan Lagares on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained rib cage muscle.
Lagares was diagnosed with an intercostal strain after having an MRI. He left Sunday's game at the Philadelphia Phillies in the 10th inning because of the injury.
The club recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Lagares' spot on the 25-man roster. The Mets sent den Dekker down on Sunday night but he was called back up before he even got on the plane.
Lagares, 25, is batting .288 with two home runs and 18 RBIs in 156 at-bats this season.
INDIANS RECALL LEFTY
The Cleveland Indians on Monday recalled left-hander Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-hander Mark Lowe to Columbus on Monday.
Also, righthander Blake Wood was claimed by the Kansas City Royals on outright waivers.
Hagadone is 2-3 with a save and a 3.09 ERA in 19 relief appearances with Columbus. He did not pitch in a previous stint with Cleveland on May 3.
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