The Houston Astros have acquired Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielders Domingo Santana and Brett Phillips, right-handed pitcher Adrian Houser and lefty Josh Hader, the teams announced. Gomez was supposedly traded to the Mets yesterday, but New York found something wrong with his medical history and decided not to go through with the trade.
The Astros also received international bonus slot number 76 from the Brewers.
Gomez, 29, is in the prime of his career and his hitting a slash of .262/.328/.423 with eight homers and 43 RBIs. The centerfielders also has seven stolen bases. He averaged 37 stolen bases a season from 2012 through 2014. The two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner is under contract through the 2016 season and will be owed $9 million next season. Only $3.02 million remain on his contract in 2015. Houston will pay his remaining salary.
Gomez, when healthy, is one of the better defensive outfielders in baseball and he should be the perfect fit to go along side Preston Tucker, Colby Rasmus, George Springer and Jake Marisnick.
Houston also landed Fiers in the trade. The 30-year-old righty has been a pleasant surprise for the Brewers, putting up a 3.89 ERA over 118 innings. He posted a 2.13 ERA in 71 2/3 innings in 2014. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff and his fastball averages just 88.8 mph, but he has great breaking stuff that he knows how to use well. Fiers should fit right in at the fifth spot in the Houston rotation.
We ranked Santana as the second best prospect in the Astros organization before the season. We also ranked Phillips eighth, Hader ninth and Houser 14th.
#Astros officially acquire OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Mike Fiers and slot #76 in the 2015-16 international pool from the Milwaukee Brewers.
— Houston Astros (@astros) July 30, 2015
OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Mike Fiers, International Slot 76 to Hou for OF Brett Phillips, OF Domingo Santana, LHP Josh Hader & RHP Adrian Houser.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 30, 2015