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.
The #Astros have acquired Cuban minor league IF/OF Yordan Alvarez from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for RHP Josh Fields.— Houston Astros (@astros) August 1, 2016
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.