Jonathan Singleton and the Houston Astros agreed to a five-year contract that includes three options worth $10 million over the initial five years, with the potential to be worth $35 million if all options are picked up and bonuses are achieved during the length of the contract. Like George Springer, Singleton will be a key in the Astros lineup starting tonight. He was promoted on Monday's off day, but Astros manager Bo Porter has already said Singleton will be the team's starter at first base and will likely bat in the No. 6 spot in the lineup. The Astros have gotten little production from first base, left field, and shortstop this season and the Astros finally have their prospects to the point they are ready to contribute at the major league level. Singleton was hitting .267 with 14 home runs in 54 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City before his promotion on Monday. With regular at-bats, Singleton could be a source of power over the season's final four months and with Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Dexter Fowler batting in front of him, Singleton should see a lot of RBI opportunities.
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Oscar Taveras was recalled on Saturday when Matt Adam's injured left calf landed him on the disabled list. Taveras was batting .325 with seven home runs and 40 RBI for Triple-A Memphis and had been particularly hot lately, batting .462 his last 10 games before the promotion. He hit sixth and played right field in his major-league debut and he blasted his first career home run against Yusmeiro Petit. Taveras can also play center field, with Peter Bourjos landing on the bench, but should see most of his time in right while Allen Craig moves to first base. If Taveras can stay hot, manager Mike Matheny will have a difficult choice to make when Adams is healthy enough to return as to who plays and if Taveras gets sent back down. We can evaluate that scenario at a later date, but for now fantasy owners that have Taveras should just enjoy watching one of the game's top prospects.
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