The trackings of the deal can be found here from MLBTradeRumors.Com
Richard Justice just reported on MLB Network that the Houston Astros have dealt Jarred Cosart as well as promising utility man Enrique Hernandez as well as 25-year old minor league outfielder Austin Wates.
The return, well…it’s awesome.
Third baseman Colin Moran was the 6th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. Jake Marisnick is a very promising outfielder with a power/speed combo similar to George Springer‘s. Less power, more speed, still though!
Marisnick. Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The club also acqured 18 year old pitcher Francis Martes and a 2015 competitive balance pick from the also rebuilding Miami team.
I’m shocked at what the Astros got for these three players–Cosart of course the headliner– but then again Jeffery Loria runs the Miami Marlins so am I that shocked? Good luck to Wates, Hernandez and Cosart in Miami and welcome to Houston
You can read a lot of very relevant and timely Cosart trade info here. “Kiki” Hernandez has been a spark plug so far this season and impressive since his call-up on July 1st hitting .284 in 24 games.
Moran, after a slow start since being a top pick, has picked it up and the third baseman is having a nice season in high A where he will likely report to for the Astros in Lancaster.
Marisnick, one of my very favorite players and prospects, was acquired in the uber package for Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and company in the 2012 blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. He has been called up on three separate occasions this season, once due to injury the other two to briefly occupy a roster spot and has struggled mightily in inconsistent and unpredictable and I’m really going to defend him to the end playing time. His MLB numbers for 2014 are not pretty, hitting .167 after hitting .183 in a more expansive but still short lived tryout in 2013 for the Marlins.
Moran in the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game
Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
I’m certainly very, very, very excited. The Astros wanted to enhance their depth in positional players and did that in a much better way than I quickly mentally predicted when I first heard news of the deal break.
One final note for now, player control is spread across the board in this 6-player (and 1 pick) trade, a very helpful building block to add to a set of tools already in the works in both the Space City and South Beach.
Cosart – 24
Hernandez – 23 in August
Wates – 26 in September
Marisnick – 23
Moran – 22 in October
Martes – 19 in November