Astros sign A’s castoff Landon Powell to minor league deal

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Released by the A’s last week, Landon Powell has signed with the Astros on a minor-league contract.

Houston was in the market for some catching depth because of Humberto Quintero’s back problems, although with Jason Castro coming back from a lost season and veteran Chris Snyder signed as a free agent odds are Powell will be beginning the season at Triple-A.

Powell and Oakland avoided arbitration with a one-year, $620,000 contract in December, but because the deal was non-guaranteed the A’s were able to cut him loose while being on the hook for just $100,000.

He’s a former first-round pick, but Powell is now 30 years old and has hit just .207 with a .612 OPS in 123 games as a big leaguer.