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Astros DFA former Cardinals top prospect Brett Wallace

Remember way back when the St. Louis Cardinals traded Brett Wallace to land Matt Holliday and fans cried into their $8 beers because Wallace was going to be the next Babe Ruth?

Neither do the Houston Astros.

On the eve of spring training Houston designated Wallace for assignment to make room for pitcher Jerome Williams whom they signed Thursday.

Wallace is a .242 career hitter with a total of 29 career homers despite playing in one of the coziest ballparks in the majors for four seasons. While Wallace had his best year for power in 2013 with 13 homers in 79 games, he had his worst batting average, .221, and managed only a .285 on base percentage.

That was enough, apparently, to sour former Cardinals minor league director Jeff Luhnow on the 27-year-old former top prospect.

Astros manager Bo Porter said the club is hopeful that Wallace will clear waivers and be able to continue his career with the organization. But it doesn't say much for his place in the system when the team was willing to roll the dice on someone picking Wallace up.

One of the reasons the Astros waived Wallace, according to a Houston Chronicle report, is that he is out of options which may make it less desirable for a team to claim him since it will have to give the first baseman a major league roster spot or else he'd have to clear waivers to go to the minor leagues.