Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Top prospect signs long-term deal, joins Astros

HOUSTON — Touted Astros prospect Jon Singleton agreed to a five-year contract and will make his major-league debut tonight at home against the Angels.

Houston announced the deal and his promotion Monday during an off day.

Singleton is rated by many as baseball's top first base prospect. His new deal runs through the 2018 season with club options for the next three seasons. Terms weren't disclosed, but espn.com reported that he'll receive a guaranteed $10 million.

Singleton, 22, was hitting .267 with a stellar .397 on-base percentage and a .544 slugging percentage in 54 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Astros first basemen are batting a majors-worst .181 this season.

Singleton was acquired from the Phillies in the 2011 trade for OF Hunter Pence. He was suspended 50 games last season for a second failed drug test.

Singleton said in spring training that he has an addiction to marijuana and had spent a month in a rehabilitation center last year.

HEALING ANGELS: The Angels lineup is expected to be at full strength for the first time since the opening week of the season tonight. LF Josh Hamilton, out since April 9 because of a left thumb torn ligament, will be activated, and CF Mike Trout is expected back after sitting out two games because of back stiffness.

MARLINS: RH reliever Kevin Gregg, the team's closer in 2007-08, signed a minor-league contract.

METS: CF Juan Lagares is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle. OF Matt den Dekker was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

ORIOLES: LHP Johan Santana decided not to use his opt-out clause, allowing the team to purchase his contract from Triple-A Norfolk and place him on the 15-day disabled list. Santana, 35, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, is trying to come back from multiple shoulder surgeries. … RH reliever Luis Ayala, who opted out of his minor-league contract last week, will pitch in the Mexican League, MASN Sports reported.

RED SOX: 1B Mike Carp went on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right foot.

YANKEES: The team has reached out to free agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales while it awaits the results of 1B Mark Teixeira's medical re-evaluation, cbssports.com reported. Teixeira has been sidelined with stiffness in his surgically repaired right wrist.

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