Sep 26, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Alex Presley (1) hits a RBI triple in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field. The Indians won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Presley claimed off waivers by Astros


The Astros are still in the midst of arranging their Opening Day roster, and they’ve added a Major League ready outfielder to their mix.

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Astros have claimed outfielder Alex Presley off of waivers from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. The move comes a few days after they released J.D. Martinez, who was thought to be a candidate to be on the Opening Day roster for Houston.

Presley, drafted originally by Pittsburgh in the 8th round, was traded by the Pirates to Minnesota in exchange for Justin Morneau. The Twins utilized him at the top of their lineup in the second half of the season and played him at center field. In 195 total plate appearances in 2013, Presley hit .276/.313/.373.

The Astros will likely use Presley as their fourth outfielder, having sent top prospect George Springer down to the minors.

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