Houston sends four minor leaguers to Milwaukee
The Houston Astros have acquired outfielder Carlos Gomez, right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers and slot number 76 in the 2015-16 international pool from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for four minor leaguers: left-handed pitcher Josh Hader, right-handed pitcher Adrian Houser and outfieldersBrett Phillips and Domingo Santana. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
Luhnow will be available to the media tonight in the Astros press box at 7:15 p.m.
Gomez, 29, was hitting .262 (75x286) with 20 doubles, eight home runs and 43 RBI in 74 games for the Brewers this season. Signed through the 2016 season, Gomez is a nine-year Major League veteran, having spent time with New York-NL (2007), Minnesota (2008-09) and Milwaukee (2010-15). He had the best season of his career last year, posting a .284 (163x574) average with 34 doubles, 23 home runs, 73 RBI, 34 stolen bases and an .833 OPS. Gomez is one of two players with at least 100 stolen bases and 50 home runs over the last four seasons, joining the Angels Mike Trout.
Fiers, 29, has made 21 starts for the Brewers this season, going 5-9 with a 3.89 ERA (51ER/118IP). He has collected 121 strikeouts in 118.0 innings pitched and has posted over a strikeout per inning in his Major League career, collecting 349 strikeouts in 341.2 innings. Fiers is not yet arbitration eligible, having entered this season with 1 year and 85 days of Major League service time.
Santana was playing for Triple A Fresno and was on the club’s 40-man roster, while Hader, Houser and Phillips were all playing for Double A Corpus Christi.
With the additions of Gomez and Fiers, the Astros 40-man roster is now full.