Ken Rosenthal of FOX sports is reporting that Brett Myers is been acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the Houston Astros.
As the Astros closer, Myers has pitched to a 3.52 ERA in 30.2 innings so far this year. His peripheral numbers suggest that he has been a bit lucky as he is currently on his way to a career low in strikeout rate.
The Astros moved Myers out of the starting rotation ahead of this season almost without explanation, but it’s possible that Astros GM Jeff Luhnow thought he could get more in a trade for Myers if he was working out of the bullpen–although that would seem counter-intuitive.
In return, the Astros receive minor-league left-hander Blair Walters (22), right-hander Matt Heidenreich (21) and a player to be named later. In 13 starts in low-A, Walters posted a 2.88 ERA and 8.6 K/9 rate before being moved up to High-A where he hasn’t been quite as successful, posting a 7.88 ERA in five starts. Heidenreich has posted middling numbers between High-A and Double-A so far this year. Neither pitcher is considered particularly noteworthy.
Myers is the fourth Astros pitcher to be traded in the last day and a half after yesterday’s 10-player trade with the Blue Jays.