The Houston Astros have been very active this offseason after winning the World Series. Houston's biggest move was the signing of Jose Abreu, but the front office continues to find any way it can to improve this roster.
The Astros were back at it again on Tuesday, this time adding some outfield depth.
Houston agreed to a trade cash considerations to the Detroit Tigers for OF Bligh Madris. The 26-year-old was designated for assignment in December, clearing the way for this change of scenery.
Madris was a ninth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017. He eventually made his MLB debut with Pittsburgh this past season and made 39 appearances overall. After recording 1 home run, 7 RBIs and a .177/.244/.265 slash line, he was put on waivers in September.
The Tampa Bay Rays claimed Madris, but he was put on waivers again in November and landed in Detroit.
The Astros seems to think there's untapped potential here by placing him on their 40-man roster. Madris' positional flexibility, which included playing all three outfield positions plus first base in 2022, is a valuable asset to the reigning World Series champs. If he regains his form at the plate, this move could end up being a steal for Houston.
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