Houston Astros Acquire Aledmys Diaz
First impressions of the trade for me are really good. Diaz was an All-Star for the Cardinals as a rookie in 2016 and was the first rookie in MLB History to sustain a .500 batting average after his first 50 ABs. Still just 28 with 4 years of team control, Diaz will take on Marwin’s role should the Astros lose him to Free Agency. This past season, his first with the Blue Jays, Diaz batted .263/.303/.453 with 26 2B, 18 HR, 55 RBI, 55 R, 111 H in 422 ABs. Diaz should provide a serviceable spark when added to the lineup for the next few seasons.
Thornton was a 5th Round Draft pick in 2015 and has a career 4.23 ERA in the Minor Leagues for the Astros, reaching as high as AAA. Thornton was Rule 5 Draft eligible this year and the Astros had 5 days to decide to either add him to the 40 Man Roster, risk losing him, or trade him altogether. The move was made, and a one for one trade for a controllable MLB piece is a great move by the Astros front office. For Thornton, finds a new opportunity to make the MLB roster in Toronto and make a name for himself in a new system.
Even if Diaz never pans out in his time with the Astros, getting him for a player the Astros most likely would have lost regardless is a great use of the assets the team possesses and a great way to maximize value. Good luck to Trent Thornton in Toronto and welcome to the Houston Astros, Aledmys Diaz!
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