Astros Off-Season Thread
Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:27 pm
Astros acquire Matt Lindstrom, loses LaTroy Hawkins
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Houston Astros got hard-throwing reliever Matt Lindstrom from Florida on Wednesday, hoping he can help fill a late-inning hole in their bullpen.
Houston needed another reliever after closer Jose Valverde and setup man LaTroy Hawkins filed for free agency. Hawkins agreed to a contract with Milwaukee earlier in the day, subject to completion of final details.
"We're happy to have Matt as a part of our club," Astros manager Ed Wade said. "He has a tremendous arm and has shown closer's stuff in the past. He had some health issues last season, but we believe he'll bounce back. We feel he has the capability to be our closer or to at least share those responsibilities."
Florida got right-hander Robert Bono and infielder Luis Bryan. The 20-year-old Bono was 10-8 at Class A Lexington and the 19-year-old Bryan hit .340 with two home runs and 19 RBIs in 31 games in the rookie Gulf Coast League.