Welcome to Appy Astros, a blog dedicated to following current & former Greeneville Astros, the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. Here you will find reports on current G-Stros, updates on the development of former G-Stros and occasionally an update on what has happened to the guys who have hung up their spikes.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Gervacio Not Tendered A Contract, Drew Saylor Update

Yesterday was the deadline for MLB teams to tender contracts to players for the coming year. Sammy Gervacio was not tendered a contract. Gervacio, who played for Greeenville in 2005, had been injured for much of the 2010 season and that factored into the decision. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle gives this explanation:
MLB rules state that had he continued to be affected by the injury in spring training and did not make the club, he would have to be placed on the major league disabled list and command a major league salary.

All reports are that the Astros will try to sign Gervacio to a non roster contract, but he is now a free agent and eligible to sign with any MLB team. He has not pitched since May. He is on the roster for Licey in the Dominican Winter League but has not pitched in a game.

Drew Saylor Retires
In 2007, Drew Saylor, was signed by the Astros after his release by the Marlins organization and assigned to Greeneville. He only appeared in 6 games was released after the season and had been playing indy ball in the Frontier League. Last season, he won the Citizenship award for his work in the community while playing for the Lake Erie Crushers. I saw in the transactions this week that he had retired and found a story to confirm it. Saylor was also an assistant coach at Cleveland State University last season.

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