Towles, Clemens file for free agency
First baseman Koby Clemens and catcher J.R. Towles were among the Astros Minor League players to file for free agency, according to a list in Baseball America. The majority of the players are the list are six-year free agents, which means the Astros have used all six of his contract renewals.
“The list, in total, is very interesting to us,” Astros general manager Ed Wade said. “We’ve spent a lot of time – Ricky Bennett, Charlie Norton and Pete Putila here in our office – going through the reports, ranking the six-year free agents and talking to our player development staff and scouting personnel and being aggressive in getting out there and trying to make contact and offers to see if we can do some things to help the club.
“We were very successful in that respect last year when you look at people like Fernando Rodriguez and Carlos Corporan and others. We view it as a vehicle to be able to strengthen the depth at not only the Minor League level, but also help the big-league club as well.”
Wade wasn’t prepared to close the door on bringing back any of the team’s own players who have filed for free agency.
“At the end of the day, if it works out that we feel they’re the right players, we’ll go ahead and pursue them,” he said.
Here is the Astros’ list:
RHP: Erick Abreu (AA), Sammy Gervacio (AAA), Brad James (AA), Ross Wolf (AAA)
LHP: Kristian Bueno (SS), Ryan Rowland-Smith (AAA), Andy Van Hekken (AAA)
C: J.R. Towles (AAA)
1B: Koby Clemens (AAA)
2B: Jose Vallejo (AAA)
3B: Jhonny Medrano (Lo A), Oswaldo Navarro (AAA)
SS: Anderson Hernandez (AAA), Wladimir Sutil (AA)
OF: Luis Durango (AAA), Drew Locke (AAA)