The Astros reportedly were trying to move Lindstrom for salary reasons, as he's arbitration-eligible, but after making $1.625 million last year, he should still be fairly affordable for Colorado. Lindstrom, 30, was 2-5 with a 4.39 ERA and 23 saves in 58 appearances last season. He started the season as Houston's closer before being sidetracked by back issues.
Harding thinks Lindstrom was acquired as insurance in case Houston Street can't stay healthy. No word yet on what the Rockies gave up in the trade.
UPDATE: The Astos have announced the deal officially, and get back right-hander Jonnathan Aristil and left-hander Wes Musick.
-- David Andriesen