We learn from Matt Eddy that the Astros have released Jose Carlos Thompson. (UPDATE: Our buddy Greg Rajan noted this two weeks ago).
He wasn't doing well, at all. The 25-year old played in 87 games in 2011, hitting .303/.340/.468 in 69 games at Lancaster, but hitting .115/.164/.135 in 18 games at Corpus. The Astros gave him 18 more games in 2012 at Corpus, but he hit .119/.159/.143, with 17K:0BB in 44 plate appearances.
He signed for $250,000 in January 2011.