HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Alex Presley and right-handed pitcher Alex White are remaining in the organization after they were both outrighted Wednesday. Presley accepted his assignment to Triple-A Fresno, and White was placed on the roster at Fresno.
Presley, who was beat out by Robbie Grossman for the backup outfield spot this spring, had the option to become a free agent, but that would have meant he would have forfeited the $1 million he's due this year, so accepting the assignment was a no-brainer. White had no choice but to accept his assignment.
"For our sake, for selfish reasons, it's great to have those guys," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "You never know when you go through that process. We're getting to the point now that our 40-man is pretty full and our 25-man is very competitive. The more talent we keep in the organization, the better."
Presley, 29, hit .244 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 89 games for the Astros last year while playing mostly the corner-outfield spots. He was acquired by the Astros off waivers from the Twins on March 27, 2014.
White, 26, made 25 appearances (10 starts) at Triple-A Oklahoma City last year, going 3-6 with a 6.50 ERA. He missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Astros acquired White in a trade with the Rockies on Dec. 4, 2012.
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