Word broke minutes ago that the Astros have traded Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero to the Kansas City Royals. Jeff Luhnow has declined comment on it thus far as the finalization of the trade is still pending in the league office. There is also no word yet on who the Astros will be receiving back in the trade. We here at ClimbgingTalsHill are dedicated to providing you with up to date Astros news and will update this story as it becomes available.
UPDATE: The official trade is both Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero to Kansas City for LHP, Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later. During the announcement, Luhnow stated that the player to be named later would be the key component of the trade. It is not yet known if we will be selecting from a specific pool of players as we did in the Hunter Pence trade or if there will be different parameters. Chapman was selected by the Royals in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft from the University of Florida. He has been used as a bullpen arm and has been less than stellar compiling a career ERA of 5.06 stretched across two seasons in the minors. While its not a big trade for either team, it does solve Kansas City’s catcher problem as Salvador Perez went down earlier this month with a knee injury, and does provide Houston with some roster moves. This effectively means that Jason Castro and Chris Snyder are now entrenched as the team’s catchers for the 2012 season.
SECOND UPDATE: Alyson Footer just tweeted that she is hearing that the player to be named later is not just a throw in, but a legit prospect. Also she states that Chapman is projected as a 7th/8th inning reliever. Good news all around!