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Astros release INF Wallace

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The Houston Astros released infielder Brett Wallace on Wednesday after four seasons with the club.

Wallace, 27, was 2-for-14 at the plate with eight strikeouts during spring training.

Last year, Wallace played in 79 games for the Astros and batted .221 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs. With the exception of catcher Jason Castro, no other player on the current roster had been with the Astros longer than Wallace.

"He's been a big part of this organization for past few years, but we didn't see a role for him at the big league level," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

Wallace, once considered a top prospect, started his career as a third baseman but moved to first base because of his defensive deficiencies. His departure leaves the Astros with Chris Carter and rookie Jon Singleton as the only first baseman on the roster.

In 311 career games and 971 at-bats with the Astros, Wallace batted .242 with 29 homers and 102 RBIs while striking out 318 times.
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