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Houston Astros Acquire Tyler Greene From Cardinals

Houston gave up a player to be named later to acquire the utility infielder from St. Louis on Thursday.

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 03: Tyler Greene #27  of the St. Louis Cardinals plays the field against the New York Mets at Digital Domain Park on March 3, 2011 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 03: Tyler Greene #27 of the St. Louis Cardinals plays the field against the New York Mets at Digital Domain Park on March 3, 2011 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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New Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow acquired one of the players he drafted in his time with the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, acquiring Tyler Greene from St. Louis for a player to be named later.

Luhnow was the Cardinals Director of Scouting in 2005, when the club picked Greene in the first round.

A 6'2 190 utility infielder, he played primarily at 2B for the Cardinals, but the Astros will likely move him around the field to find him at bats next to All-Star 2B Jose Altuve.

The 28-year old Greene has been a bench player for St. Louis since the 2009 season. He's gotten the most playing time of his career in 2012 despite career-low batting totals, which is why the Cardinals were so eager to get rid of him while in the midst of a pennant race.

Greene is hitting .218/.272/.358 in 197 plate appearances this season, so Astros fans shouldn't expect too much from him over the next two months.

To make room for Greene, Houston designated Brian Bixler for assignment.

For more reaction to the move, stay tuned to Crawfish Boxes as well as SB Nation Houston.

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