Singleton Gets Promotion and New Contract From Astros
Is he looking on at batting practice, or his rich future?
Photo by Tom Hagerty
A promotion and up to $35 million dollars? It's not a bad day to be Jon Singleton.
The Astros have called up their hard-hitting first baseman, who will be available today against the Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Chronicle reports.
To top it off, according to Yahoo!, Singleton, 23, has agreed to a contract extension with the Astros that includes five guaranteed years and a guaranteed $10 million. And with a club option for another three years.
That sounds like a lot for a guy that has yet to play a game at the highest level, but it's a calculated risk. Singleton could potentially not reach free agency until age 30 under this deal. If he develops into the star Houston hopes, the Astros could have him at a bargain.
Also possible is that Singleton hit the lottery, got lucky, and has had his bad boy behavior swept under the rug. He's had documented issues with marijuana and alcohol in the past. He was suspended for the first 50 games of last year's minor league season after testing positive for marijuana.
Still, at least in the here and now, Singleton should be better than what the Astros have at first base. Jesus Guzman and Marc Krauss have split time at the position, hitting .208 and .173, respectively. Singleton has hit .267 with 14 homers and 43 RBIs in 54 games in Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.
We hope this is the boost the Astro's need. Just don't go spend all of your money in one place, Jon.