#Astros are trading Scott Feldman to Toronto.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 1, 2016
The Astros will reportedly receive Guadalupe Chavez for Feldman
Source: Astros are getting Guadalupe Chavez from the Blue Jays for Scott Feldman.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2016
Chavez, who also goes by Lupe, is an 18-year-old right-handed pitcher from Sinaloa, Mexico. He's pitched for two seasons for the Blue Jays' Gulf Coast League affiliate. This season, he has a 1.69 ERA in 32 innings with 26 strikeouts and four walks. The Blue Jays signed Chavez in 2014 as a 16-year-old, who had a 93 mph fastball at the time with a plus change and a curveball.
Feldman is in the final year of a 3-year contract and has been in the bullpen since losing his rotation spot to the returning Lance McCullers. He has a 2.90 ERA this season in 62 innings, having started five games and pitched in relief in 21. Feldman started 52 games in the last three seasons for Houston with a 3.64 ERA over 350 innings.
No word yet on the return the Astros can expect, but given the price for relievers at this deadline, the Astros may have been bowled over by the deal. With this, they can trade away the 11th or 12th pitcher on their staff and replace him with a guy like James Hoyt or Joe Musgrove for the time being.
What do you think? Underwhelmed by the only Astros deal so far? Ready for them to make another splash?