If he's a solid defender he would seem to be a good use of a 40 Man spot until we see what else we can acquire. If we claim him we could always DFA him later and, maybe, still keep in the organization. Those 2011 stats just jump out at me.
Does anyone have a scouting report on him?
Astros Designate Matt Downs For Assignment
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [October 30, 2012 at 2:12pm CST]
The Astros designated infielder Matt Downs for assignment, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. The Astros originally acquired Downs when they claimed him off of waivers from the Giants in 2010.
Downs played in 91 games for the Astros this past season, appearing at all four infield positions and at both corner outfield positions. He posted a .202/.253/.371 batting line in 191 plate appearances, down from the .276/.347/.518 line he posted in his first full season with the Astros. The 28-year-old bats from the right side and has shown slightly more power against left-handed pitching in his four-year MLB career.
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