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Astros sign, call up 1B Singleton

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Houston Astros first baseman Jon Singleton signed a five-year contract upon being called up to the big leagues Monday.

Houston has received precious little production at first base. Singleton, 22, had 14 home runs and 10 doubles with a .267 batting average in 54 games at Triple-A this season. His contract could be worth $35 million including three team option years at $10 million per season.

Singleton was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies for Hunter Pence on July 29, 2011 along with current Houston starting pitcher Jarred Cosart.

Antoher Astros prospect, outfielder George Springer, turned down a seven-year, $24 million deal before the start of the 2014 season.

Just two weeks ago, general manager Jeff Luhnow hinted Singleton would join the Astros soon.

"Singleton's progressing. We see him as a guy who's close to being able to contribute at the major league level," Luhnow told MLB Network. "We're excited. We've all seen the reaction the fans had at bringing up prospects like Springer and last year with Cosart and we have more coming. I would say Singleton is on deck."

Suddenly Singleton could be in the heart of the order in Houston alongside Springer, who got off to a slow start before a home-run binge.

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