The Astros declared that utiltiyman Nico Goodrem And the right hand Peter Solomon assigned to the task. The moves were necessary to clear two places on a 40-man list for prospects Hunter Brown And the Wiener Diaz, and both have had their contracts selected for their first major league appearances. It was promotions for Brown and Diaz first mentioned on Monday.
Goodrum signed a $2.1 million free agent deal during spring training. The 30-year-old was under-bid by the Tigers in the wake of the .214/.292/.359 bid, but Houston took a pilot to add to the bench. Goodrum posted roughly average league production as a key stopping point in Detroit between 2018-19, and delivered an intriguing mix of pace, defensive flexibility and some upside power. Swing-and-Miss was a concern, but Goodrum was a potential veteran reserve in the event of a rookie short. Jeremy Peña He stumbled upon his first look at the MLB pitches.
Peña sprinted to the ground, capturing the brief initial mission outside the gate. After being relegated to a backup role, Goodrum appeared in just 15 MLB games and had a terrible show on the board. He made 23 out of 45 billboard appearances (51.1% average) and was selected for Triple-A Sugar Land in mid-May. The hitter got off to a hot start there, but made it to the hit list after just two weeks. Goodrum was not reinstated until August 11 and has played in only 13 Triple-A games this season.
Obviously, the Astros’ somewhat modest investment didn’t work out as hoped, and they decided to remove Goodrum from the list altogether. He will be put into outright waivers or released next week. He will likely go through unclaimed concessions, as any team that claims will have nearly $400,000 left in their contract for the final five weeks of the season. That’s not a particularly stressful amount, but it seems unlikely that another team will want to put up with Goodrum amid a grueling third campaign in a row.
As a player with more than three years of Major League service time, Goodrum has the right to decline an outright assignment in favor of a free minor league agency if he clears waivers. However, he has less than five years of MLB service, which means he will lose his remaining guaranteed salary for doing so. It is very likely, then, that he would remain at Sugar Land for the extended run without taking a 40-man spot.
Solomon, 26, has six MLB games under his belt. All of those were knocked out by the bulls last season, with the right-handed 14-rounder serving as a long relief arm. It only allowed two runs at the time, but the 10:8 hit-to-walk ratio wasn’t particularly impressive. Solomon had a better strike rate of 26.3% in Triple-A last year, though, and Baseball America named him the number 10 in the Astros system entering the 2022 campaign.
BA wrote that Solomon’s five-tone mix of strong performances overall, along with decent control, made him a viable starter at the back of the spin. With Houston’s enviable stock from deep in the starting, Solomon spent all of the season once again in Triple-A. He’s worked 97 runs through 23 outings (18 starts) but has a 5.20 ERA which is the worst of any level as a professional. The above-average strike percentage has dropped last year to 20.5% for pedestrians, who walk faster than the ideal 10.2%. Solomon still flies the balls at an interesting rate of 47%, but his overall halfway display this year knocked him out of the 40-man roster.
Solomon will also be landing on concessions in the coming days, likely another team without starting pitch as Houston said in the claim. The Notre Dame producer isn’t far from a prospect of some respect, and his pre-2022 record in minors was solid. Solomon is also in his second year in selection only, which means any team he wants to carve out a 40-player spot could transfer him between the majors and Triple-A this season and next.