INDIANAPOLIS -- Just hours after the departure of LaTroy Hawkins to Milwaukee weakened their bullpen, the Houston Astros acquired reliever Matt Lindstrom from the Florida Marlins, CBSSports.com has confirmed.
Lindstrom served as the Marlins' closer for part of 2009, going 2-1 with 15 saves and a 5.89 ERA in 54 appearances. A 29-year-old right-hander who originally was drafted by the Mets in 2002, Lindstrom is expected to compete for Houston's closer role this spring.
In return, the Marlins will receive two minor leaguers, right-hander Robert Bono and shortstop Luis Bryan, according to multiple reports. The deal is pending medical examinations.