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Evan Gattis traded to the Astros for prospects Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz

The Astros give up three prospects and land another major league home run hitter.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

News broke slowly on Wednesday afternoon that the Astros could be trading for Braves backstop Evan Gattis. The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Dave O'Brien says it's a done deal:

What can Houston expect in return? From Joel Sherman:

Sherman follows up by saying the Astros will send right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and right-hander Andrew Thurman, a second-round pick by the Astros in 2013.

Gattis, 28, has four more years of team control left. The slugging catcher hit .263/.317/.493 in 401 plate appearances last season for 2.3 fWAR. The Braves planned to play Gattis in left field this season, but he could also play first base or DH with the Astros.

Foltynewicz, 23, debuted with the Astros in 2014. The right-hander who can touch 100 MPH was 0-1 in 18 innings and 16 games pitching in relief for the Astros. Folty had an ERA of 5.30 in his big league debut, but posted an ERA of 5.08 in 102 innings in Triple-A last season. Folty was drafted with the No. 19 pick in the 2010 draft and becomes the second player from that first round the Astros have lost this winter.

Ruiz, 20, hit .293/.387/.436 for HIgh-A Lancaster last season with 11 home runs and four stolen bases. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, Ruiz signed for more than his slot thanks to Houston's below-slot deal with Carlos Correa. The highly regarded third base prospect was behind Colin Moran on the organization's depth chart.

Thurman, a second-round pick in 2013, had a 5.38 ERA in 115 innings last season at Low-A Quad Cities. The former Anteater had a 3.74 FIP in those innings, striking out 107 while walking 40.

Without trading away a big-league outfielder, Gattis seems to have a home at first base more than left field.

What do you think? Will the Astros come out ahead on this trade?