As I tweeted the moment I heard we traded Myers to the White Sox and without hearing a single detail of who we got prospect wise, or how much money, if any, we were eating on Myers’ deal, do not expect much of this trade. The White Sox have arguably the worst farm system in baseball and Myers’ trade value had been sinking over the last two months.
Check back later for additional analysis on the trade once the entire terms of the deal have been announced.
UPDATE: Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle tweeted that the Astros will receive RHP Matthew Heidenreich, LHP Blair Walters and PTBNL from White Sox for Brett Myers. It is not known if we will pay any of Myers salary in the deal. The PTBNL will likely be one of their draft picks from 2011 as draft picks cannot be traded until one year from the date they are signed. Myers contract pays him a bonus of $500K if and when he is dealt. Chicago is only responsible for $1 mil of Myers salary this year and will receive money from the Astros for either his vesting option or buyout, whichever one occurs, this offseason.
I won’t pretend to know much about either of these players we received from the White Sox as their system is terrible and I doubt either one of these guys cracks our top 20, however, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus did have this to say about Walters. All in all, I’m fine with this trade. Trading Myers was a must as paying him $10 mil next year once the option vested (45 games finished and doesn’t end up on the DL. He has already finished 29 games.) made no sense for a team rebuilding. He will likely be a setup man for Chicago basically assuring his option doesn’t vest.
One small tidbit, The Astros have claimed pitcher Mark Hamburger off waivers from the Padres and assigned him to AAA Oklahoma City.