Federowicz signed a minor-league contract with the Astros on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Federowicz spent the majority of the 2017 campaign with Triple-A Sacramento, hitting a respectable .300/.366/.463 across 77 games with the River Cats. He appeared in just 13 games for the Giants, as Buster Posey and Nick Hundley primarily handled duties behind the dish. With Evan Gattis set to serve as the team's primary DH next season, Federowicz will compete for a role as Houston's backup catcher.
Federowicz was designated for assignment by the Giants on Monday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Federowicz was dropped from the 40-man roster to make room for Micah Johnson, who was recently claimed off waivers from the Reds. The 30-year-old backstop hit .231/.286/.692 in 13 at-bats last season. He'll take a spin through waivers to determine his landing spot for next season.
Federowicz entered Tuesday's blowout loss to the Diamondbacks in the fourth inning, going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Manager Bruce Bochy pulled his starters early in the game after the club fell into an 8-0 hole after just two innings, and Federowicz took advantage of the rare playing time for his second homer of the year. The 30-year-old has been used primarily as a pinch hitter since joining the majors Sept. 1, so there isn't much to see here from a fantasy perspective.
The Giants will call up Federowicz from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The Giants designated Jae-Gyun Hwang for assignment to make room for Federowicz, who'll put together reserve work as a catcher and perhaps first baseman.
Federowicz was designated for assignment Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. This is the corresponding move with Buster Posey returning from the 7-day DL. If Federowicz clears waivers, he'll wind up with Triple-A Sacramento.