It looks like we need to put the brakes on a bit this evening. After an afternoon spent discussing and disecting the deal between the Braves and Astros to send Evan Gattis to Houston, it looks like the deal is not complete. According to Evan Drellich in his updated blog post on chron.com, one of the issues is the physical, which Gattis was in town today to undergo.
Gattis was in Houston to take a physical on Wednesday and his health is no small concern, according to multiple people close to the situation. Gattis has had his right knee operated on twice, including last offseason, and there are concerns about his back as well.
We know all too well what effect a physical can have on a potential deal, and you know the team is not going to announce anything official until that is completed.
Drellich also brings up the point that the pieces for the trade have not been finalized.
While the belief in the early afternoon was that Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and righty Andrew Thurman would be the pricy package the Astros dealt, a person with knowledge of the trade said Wednesday evening that the trade would include player/players not publicly known at this time.
No one is sure if this means that there will be more players involved from either side, or if these are not actually the three players the Astros are sending over. Also according to Drellich, there are a few names that will not be part of the deal.
To temper the buzz: BJ Upton is not a part of the deal.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) January 14, 2015
Vince Velasquez was discussed in the deal, but the righty has his own health concerns.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) January 14, 2015
I guess we will just have to wait a bit longer for the start of the Evan Gattis era in Houston.
UPDATE: 28 year-old minor league James Hoyt is also going to the Astros with Evan Gattis.