The Houston Astros have had to do a ton of roster shuffling prior to the start of the season, but one player who looked to have their role defined is middle infielder Marwin Gonzalez. Gonzalez, a Rule 5 pick by Houston, will be on the Astros’ opening day roster, thus making his major league debut later this week. Per MLB guidelines, Gonzalez must stay on with the club all season or else will be moved back to waivers and offered back to the Chicago Cubs at a discounted rate.
Astros' general manager Jeff Luhnow speaks on what Gonzalez brings to the club:
"Marwin has done a great job defensively; he’s shown that he’s capable of taking major league at-bats. I think we saw a couple of good plays in the game today. He’s ready. He’s a valuable asset for us and we like to have a guy like that in the organization. To do that, we have to keep him on the 25."
With Chris Johnson solidifying his spot as the starter at third base, Brett Wallace will go to Class AAA Oklahoma City and get receive regular playing time at third base.