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Astros trade Josh Fields to the Dodgers

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Houston gets a young Cuban outfielder in return.

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In another pretty lackluster move at the trade deadine, the Houston Astros announced they traded reliever Josh Fields to the Dodgers for Cuban outfielder Yordan Alvarez.

Oh, sorry. Alvarez is an infielder/outfielder. So, basically, just a player.

Alvarez, 19, hasn't played in the states yet, but hit .279/.342/.327 in two seasons with Las Tunas in Cuba's Serie Nacional. He was signed by the Dodgers in June of this year, just before the switch to the July 2 IFA period. This article on Baseball America says Alvarez played mostly first base and left field in Cuba. Alvarez was signed for $2 million.

Alvarez is reportedly 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds.

Fields, 30, was selected as the top pick in the Rule 5 draft in 2013 and played over four seasons for Houston. He appeared in 164 games, throwing 159 innings with a 4.53 ERA. This season, Fields had a 6.89 ERA in 15 games with 20 strikeouts and three walks. He will reportedly go to the Dodgers Triple-A team after getting demoted to Houston's Triple-A Fresno team in May.

With Fields off the 40-man roster, expect Fresno closer James Hoyt to get a call into Houston's bullpen soon. Hoyt, acquired in the Evan Gattis deal before last season, has a 2.39 ERA with the Grizzlies in 49 innings with an absurd 83 strikeouts and 17 walks.