So the Astros went and bought themselves another minor-league catcher, acquiring Edwin Bellorin from the Royals for cash considerations.
Bellorin is a 5'9" 225lb, 28-year old from Venezuela who has had a rough go of it since coming over to Kansas City from Colorado.
In ten minor-league seasons (in which he has never played more than 96 games), Bellorin has hit .264/.308/.359. In three seasons with Triple-A Colorado Springs from 2007-09, Bellorin posted OPS' of .898, .764, .660, respectively; In 38 games with Omaha, he has hit .162/.231/.185.
So obviously the Astros went and got him.
The Chronicle notes that he was acquired to fill Kevin Cash's spot. So was Lou Santangelo just not good enough as a back-up catcher on the Triple-A team that the Astros just had to spend money in this way?