Astros understanding Fowler to Cubs for Valbuena, Straily

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Last week, a Astros acquired slugger Evan Gattis from a Braves. They serve bolstered their bar this offseason by signing shortstop Jed Lowrie and service pitchers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek, who, like Straily, are all former members of a A’s.

“Dexter was a large partial of a group final year and would have been a large partial of a group this year, though he’s in high direct by other clubs,” Luhnow said. “We talked to a few clubs about him and flattering most resisted trade him until a Cubs done this offer available.

“At that point, we felt we indispensable to do it. This is a understanding that improves a group in 2015 and gives us some sparkling players over 2015. Dexter was going to be a giveaway representative after this year. Not that we could have been concerned in perplexing to pointer him, though we never know with those things.”

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Straily, 26, seemed in 14 games (eight starts) for a A’s and Cubs final year, though in 2013 was among a tip rookie arms in a American League by going 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 27 starts. He has an normal fastball, though good delegate stuff.

Unless any other moves are made, Straily will join Samuel Deduno, Asher Wojciechowski and Alex White in competing for a final mark in a revolution behind Scott Feldman, Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Brett Oberholtzer (Brad Peacock is approaching to start a year on a infirm list). Luhnow pronounced Straily could breeze adult in a bullpen or supplement revolution abyss during Triple-A if he doesn’t make large joining rotation.

“Either way, he’s an critical partial of a nonplus going forward,” Luhnow said.

Straily saw a Astros adult tighten in 2013 with a A’s and likes a instruction a Astros are headed.

“I came adult personification opposite all a immature guys in Houston and in Oakland personification opposite those same guys, and we know what they’re able of,” Straily said. “They’re right there on a verge of being contenders. I’m really vehement to be a partial of it now.”

Valbuena, who concluded to a one-year, $4.2 million contract, strike .249 and set career high in games played, home runs (16), runs (68), hits (72), doubles (33), triples (four), and RBIs (51) final year for a Cubs. A left-handed-hitter, he’ll pull to start during third bottom or could share time with Matt Dominguez.

“One of a things we pronounced going into this offseason is we had options during third, brief during initial so we need urge a opening entrance out of those positions,” Luhnow said. “With Luis being a maladroit hitter and Matt being a right-handed hitter, we could see both of them pity that position or some other configuration. It gives us options. Valbuena is a proven Major League bat who can play reward positions, so we’re excited.”

The depart of Fowler will concede a Astros to pierce possibly Jake Marisnick or George Springer to core field, with a other personification right field. Gattis will see time in left field, with Alex Presley and Robbie Grossman carrying a ability to play all 3 positions.

“It’s something [manager] A.J. [Hinch] and a staff is going to have to work through,” Luhnow said. “Marisnick is a healthy core fielder, and it’s probable he’s a Opening Day core fielder. Who knows? we consider it’s good carrying guys with versatility.”

The Astros are still in a marketplace for a starting pitcher, and giveaway representative Ryan Vogelsong is among those still on a club’s radar.

“We’re gentle with a approach a group stands today, though we’re not going to stop looking during ways to urge a club,” Luhnow said. “There are still some giveaway agents we have seductiveness in and there’s still some intensity trade opportunities. The work continues, though we’re happy with where a bar is today. If we had to go to Spring Training right now, we’d be satisfied.”

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