Wallace is going to get a chance
Astros general manager Ed Wade admitted Wednesday the Astros are at this point unlikely to add a left-fielder to either start or split time with Jason Michaels if Carlos Lee winds up at first base. Wade said adding such a player would probably shut the door on Brett Wallace beginning the season at first, and the team isn’t ready to make that determination.
“The more we’ve talked about the composition of our club, we would love to see Brett Wallace be our first baseman,” he said. “If we go out and sign a left field of some magnitude with an expectation that he’s going to play in a platoon situation or regularly, we’re almost putting ourselves in a position of Carlos having to be the first baseman and that pushes Wallace off the page.
“I don’t want to create an environment where Brett’s opportunities disappear simply because of us acquiring someone else. If we get into Spring Training and Brett is struggling and we think moving Carlos [from left field] to first base makes sense at the time, we’re going to be evaluating [Brian] Bogusevic and others.”
Wade did admit the club had interest in Jack Cust, who signed with Seattle, but he was concerned about his defense.