Tuesday the Houston Astros signed former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Adron Chambers and second baseman Gregorio Petit to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.
Last season Chambers earned a spot on the Cardinals' postseason roster through the National League Championship Series, before being replaced 1B/OF Allen Craig on the World Series He was on the roster for his pinch-running ability, but he profiles as little more than a depth outfielder, even for a rebuilding team like the Astros. The 27-year-old, who has spent most of the past three seasons with Memphis, has slashed a putrid .216/.289/.295 over 99 plate appearances with St. Louis over parts of the last three seasons. He batted .252/.338/.387 with eight homers and 16 steals at Triple-A Memphis last season.
Petit, the 29-year-old shortstop, made his Major League debut in 2008 with the Oakland Athletics, but hasn’t played in the Majors since 2009. Last season he played in Tucson for the San Diego Padres Triple-A affiliate, slashing .292/.344/.380 with four home runs and five stolen bases in 555 plate appearances. Petit is primarily a shortstop but has also played at second and third.