Astros to Call Up Prospect Singleton
(NEW YORK) -- Jon Singleton has signed a five-year, $10 million deal with the Houston Astros and hasn't had a single at-bat in the Majors. Houston's top prospect inked the contract on Monday and will be promoted to the big club from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Singleton's contract runs from 2014-2018 and includes three club-option years which could increase the total value to $30 million over eight years. Other bonuses and incentives could up the payout to a near $35 million. The first baseman was hitting .267 with 14 home runs in 54 games in Triple-A before being called up.
A 2009 draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, Singleton was sent to the Astros in 2011 as part of a five-player trade that included Hunter Pence. The 22-year old Singleton was suspended 50 games in the 2013 season for a second failed drug test. In spring training of 2014, he revealed in an interview with the Associated Press his troubles with marijuana and alcohol. The Astros issued a statement in support of their prospect.
The Astros (24-34) are currently 10 games under .500 and more than 11 games out of first place in the American League West.
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