Astros, OF Steven Souza Jr. agree on minor league contract

The Astros are in settlement with outfielder Steven Souza Jr. on a minor league contract that features an invite to main league spring coaching, an individual with information of the deal mentioned on Saturday.

A former third-round decide, Souza spent his 2020 season with the Chicago Cubs. He performed three of his six main league seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, the place he overlapped with Astros common supervisor James Click on.

Souza affords the Astros sorely wanted outfield depth and will create competitors in spring coaching for the opening day roster. Houston has simply 4 outfielders on its 40-man roster, however solely Kyle Tucker and Michael Brantley have any substantial main league expertise.

To supply extra choices in spring coaching, the Astros now have Souza and heart fielder Jose Siri signed to minor league offers that embrace non-roster invites to camp.

Souza has a profession .737 OPS. All however 9 of his 424 main league defensive begins have been in proper discipline. Souza had a profession 12 months in 2017. He struck 30 house runs and slashed .239/.351/.459 in 617 plate appearances with the Rays. Tampa traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks that winter as a part of a three-team deal.

Souza suffered a number of accidents whereas with the Diamondbacks, together with a ugly knee harm in March 2019. Souza stepped awkwardly on house plate throughout an exhibition recreation and sustained a torn ACL and LCL, partially tore his PCL tear and had a posterior lateral capsule tear. He missed your entire season.

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