Astros designate Brett Wallace for assignment

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To make room for free agent signing Jerome Williams on the 40-man roster the Astros have designated first baseman Brett Wallace for assignment.

Wallace was once a top prospect, but it turned out he couldn’t really play third base defensively and never developed into the impact bat many people pegged him for in the minors. Now he’s a 27-year-old career .242 hitter with 29 homers and a .704 OPS in 311 games, including some ugly K/BB ratios.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.