The Houston Astros announced they have traded RHP Josh Fields to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for IF/OF Yordan Alvarez.
Trading away Josh Fields helps the logjam both in the bullpen and on the 40-man roster. The 30-year old reliever started the year with the Astros but was demoted after recording a 6.89 ERA in 15 games for the Astros. Since then, the fireballer had a 1.98 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched with the AAA Grizzlies.
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The Astros bullpen is stacked and Fields likely dropped behind James Hoyt, Joe Musgrove and others for a future call up. GM Jeff Luhnow was wise to then move the veteran for a young talent. Trading Fields also frees up an important 40-man roster spot, one that will likely be used on a guy like Hoyt or maybe a fellow teammate of his.
In return for Fields the Astros received Yordan Alvarez. Listed as a first basemen, the Dodgers signed Alvarez to a $2 million deal in the middle of June. The 18-year old is an offensive minded-prospect, though remains very raw. Here’s a scouting report from Baseball America.
So instead of adding Major League talent today, Luhnow decided to trade away two veterans for young potential lottery tickets. While many wanted to see help for this year, there’s no doubt that these two moves were the right ones to make.
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