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The Braves have traded catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis and pitcher James Hoyt to the Astros for three prospects, the teams announced. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed the deal early on Wednesday. The deal was initially reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The 28-year-old Gattis is coming off a season in which he hit .263/.317/.493 over 369 at-bats. Gattis dealt with back issues during the season, causing him to miss time. Gattis is under team control through the 2018 season. It's unclear where Gattis will play with his new club.
Hoyt, 27, posted a 3.17 ERA over two levels of the minors last year.
Foltynewicz was rated as the Astros third-best prospect this year according to Baseball America. The 23-year-old pitched in 18 games with Houston last year, posting a 5.30 ERA.
Thurman, 23, posted a 5.38 ERA at Class A last year. The 20-year-old Ruiz .293/.387/.436 over 516 at-bats in High A.
The Braves have agreed to deal catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis and pitcher James Hoyt to the Astros for three minor-league prospects, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. The deal was initially reported by David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Those minor-leaguers include right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and right-hander Andrew Thurman, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Foltynewicz would be a rotation candidate for this upcoming season, Sherman notes. Both sides have agreed to the players involved in the deal, but has not been finalized. Gattis was spotted in Houston on Wednesday undergoing a physical exam in anticipation of a possible trade.
Gattis hit .263/.317/.493 over 369 at-bats, but was hindered by a back injury over the second half of the year. The trade would give Houston three right-handed power hitters in Gattis, George Springer and Chris Carter. Gattis won't be a free-agent until 2019.
The deal is currently pending physicals.
The Braves are engaged with three teams in trade negotiations for catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today on Wednesday. The Astros, Rangers and Royals have been among the clubs that have shown interest this winter, per MLB.com.
According to a source close to Gattis, he was in Houston on Wednesday undergoing a physical exam in anticipation of a possible deal. A rival executive told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that a trade agreement must be in place and the commissioner’s office must be notified before a team consents to a player having a physical. He hit .263/.317/.493 over 369 at-bats, but was hindered by a back injury over the second half of the year. Gattis won't be a free-agent until 2019.
The offseason trades of Justin Upton and Jason Heyward has created regular at-bats in left field for Gattis, who is listed as the starting left fielder on the team's official website. It appears Christian Bethancourt and A.J. Pierzynski will get most of the starts at catcher.
The Braves have agreed to a deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports. Pierzynski's deal is expected to be for about $2 million, but it won't be finalized until January.
Pierzynski will fill a veteran presence to complement young catcher Christian Bethancourt, and the agreement also means the Braves are serious about moving forward with Evan Gattis in left field full-time, according to Eye On Baseball.
Pierzynski hit .251/.288/.337 in 338 at-bats between Boston and St. Louis in 2014. However, he managed to smack a combined 44 home runs over his previous two seasons.
While the Rangers are interested in Braves catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, Atlanta asked for starting pitcher prospect Alex Gonzalez as part of the trade. However, that turned into a deal-breaker for Texas, according to MLB.com.
The 2013 first-round pick Gonzalez went 12-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.18 WHIP last season between high Class A and Double-A.
The Rangers have shown an interest in trading for Braves catcher Evan Gattis in their attempt to secure a power bat, major league sources have told the Dallas Morning News. The Braves have also been shopping slugging outfielder Justin Upton.
Texas is more interested in Gattis, who is controllable for four more years and not eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season. Gattis can also fill in as an outfielder.
According to MLB.com reporter Mark Bowman, when the Royals expressed interest in trading for catcher Evan Gattis, the Braves asked for pitcher Yordano Ventura in return. The Royals aren't expected to trade their young right-hander in the offseason, per the report.
The Braves have been shopping Gattis around to multiple teams, including the Astros, Athletics and Marlins. If he stays put in Atlanta, the Braves are expected to move him to left field to start the season.
The deal comes with a twist, as Atlanta reportedly told Houston that they would have to take B.J. Upton as well. Upton still has $46.35 million on his contract, and the Astros were hesitant to take on that much money. The Braves were said to be targeting center fielder Dexter Fowler. Catcher Carlos Corporan's name also came up in conversations.
The Orioles are lining up alternatives if they can't re-sign outfielders Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz. The Kemp trade talk could be leverage for the Orioles to pressure Markakis and Cruz into re-signing, especially since the return of Markakis is no longer a forgone conclusion, according to Rosenthal.