Yordan Álvarez’s explosive first season in the bigs made us look back at when the Astros acquired him from the Dodgers, back in 2016. To bring the young Cuban aboard, the team sent veteran reliever Josh Fields. Almost four years later, Fields is a free agent while Álvarez is the reigning American League Rookie of the Year.
Yes, the Astros won that trade by far. Even though Fields did have a nice 164-appearance run with the Dodgers, Álvarez has what it seems to be a brilliant future ahead of him and is only 22 years old (will turn 23 on Saturday).
The team also took full advantage of the trades that involved Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. To receive JV, they sent prospects CF Daz Cameron, RHP Franklin Pérez, and C Jake Rogers to the Tigers. None of them have panned out yet: Cameron keeps striking out a lot in Triple-A, Pérez barely pitched in 2019, and Rogers hit for a .125/.222/.259 slash line in his first taste of Major League Action, last year.
To get Cole from the Pirates, they gave up RHP Michael Feliz, LF Jason Martin, IF Colin Moran, and RHP Joe Musgrove. So far, the latter two have been the only ones to prove themselves capable of providing decent production to the big league club, though nothing compared to what Houston got from Cole, of course.
But those are not the only trade the Astros have recently won. Let’s take a look at three of them...
1. The Astros acquire IF Marwin González from the Red Sox on December 8, 2011
Minor leaguer Marco Duarte was the player wanted by the Red Sox to let Marwin go to the Astros. Duarte, now 33, never made it to the Majors, but it was a different story for González and the team.
The Venezuelan became the official utility of the squad and spent seven campaigns as an Astro. From 2015 to 2018, he averaged 26 doubles, 16 bombs, 61 RBIs, and 57 scored runs per season.
González played a huge role on the 2017 team that won the World Series, with a great regular season and a key home run in the Game 2 of the Fall Classic against the Dodgers.
2. The Astros acquire C Evan Gattis from the Braves on January 14, 2005
Ok, this one is questionable only because the Astros included RHP Mike Foltynewicz in a package completed by IF Río Ruiz and RHP Andrew Thurman (minors). Although he did have a great 2018 year (2.85 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 9.9 K/9, 183 IP), Foltynewicz has not lived up to the hype.
But the Astros obtained big-time production from Gattis. In 493 games from 2015 to 2018, “El Oso Blanco” hit 78 doubles, 11 triples, 96 four-baggers, and drove 293 runs in.
Regarding the other players that went to the Braves, Ruiz is now a member of the Orioles and Thurman disappeared from the minors after 2017. In that transaction, Houston also got righty reliever James Hoyt, who pitched for the Indians last year.
3. The Astros acquire RHP Ryan Pressly from the Twins on July 28, 2018
For the Astros, Ryan Pressly has been as good as any reliever in baseball. The mix of his slider, curve, and fastball has built a dominating force on the mound. In order to acquire him, they sent young CF Gilberto Celestino and RHP Jorge Alcalá to Minnesota. Celestino seems to be far away from the bigs and even though Alcalá did make his MLB debut last year (1 2⁄3 innings), he doesn’t have impressive numbers in the Minors.
On the other hand, Pressly has done everything the Astros could have asked for. He’s now one of the best setups in the game and, after 81 appearances and 77 2⁄3 frames as an Astro, he registers a 1.85 ERA, a 0.81 WHIP, and unbelievable walk and strikeout ratios (1.7 BB/9, 12.1 K/9).
The 31-year-old righty signed an extension to stay in Houston until, at least, 2021, as he has a vesting option for 2022.
Let us now! Which one was your favorite?
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Ryan Pressly’s trade
Marwin González’s trade
Evan Gattis’ trade