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5 Players the Houston Astros Could Do Without in 2014

5 Players the Houston Astros Could Do Without in 2014

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The Houston Astros have improved from this point last year. They have had a shot of youth in the lineup recently with George Springer and Jon Singleton being called up, but there is still a lot of work to do with the roster. The Astros have multiple players they could trade or just release that might improve the team depending on what they received in return.

5. Left Fielders

Robbie Grossman
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5. Left Fielders

Robbie Grossman Has Been Less Than Impressive
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The trio of outfielders for the Houston Astros that are splitting time in left field are struggling, and that’s putting it nicely. The revolving door that consists of Alex Presley, L.J. Hoes and Robbie Grossman is becoming a glaring hole for the Astros. They were hitting a combined .209 before Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves. One of the three need to take advantage of their playing time.

4. Jerome Williams

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4. Jerome WIlliams

Jerome Williams
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The Astros actually spent some money on their roster for the first time in three years in the offseason. Jerome Williams was money wasted. Williams has an ERA of 5.44 with the batters he has faced hitting .291 off of him. That is not what the Astros had in mind when they signed him to a one-year, $ 2.1 million contract. Williams has fallen out of favor and is currently mopping up games in hopes that he can start throwing some clean innings.

3. Jesus Guzman

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3. Jesus Guzman

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Traded for by the Houston Astros from the San Diego Padres in the offseason, Jesus Guzman was supposed to give the team a solid bat with some pop at DH/first base. In 49 games for the Astros, Guzman is hitting a lackluster .209 with three doubles and two home runs. With a slugging percentage of .287, Guzman is faltering greatly for the Astros in the power department. With the call-up of Jon Singleton, Guzman is seldom used and rarely needed.

2. Jesse Crain

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2. Jesse Crain

Jesse Crain Has Not Played All Season For the Astros
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Another player that the Astros wasted money on in the offseason, Jesse Crain signed a one-year, $ 3.25 million contract. He was signed to be the eventual closer, but Crain has yet to pitch in a game this season for the Astros. He was expected to join the club in June but has had multiple setbacks with his shoulder injury. General manager Jeff Luhnow recently came out and said there is no timetable for his return.

1. Chris Carter

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1. Chris Carter

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This is the most controversial of the players the Astros could do without. Yes, Chris Carter hits home runs. That’s just about all he does. A very streaky hitter, Carter’s average is at a putrid .190 to go along with a .275 OBP. The only thing keeping Carter afloat is the long ball. He is second on the team with 13 home runs and fourth on the team in RBIs with 30. The only player listed with trade value, the Astros should look to deal Carter.

Lucas Davis is a Houston Astros writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @LDinthe260, Like him on Facebook or add him to your Google network.