2015 Trade Deadline: Will Carlos Gomez Find His Form In Houston?


The Houston Astros made a bigger splash in the trade pool on Thursday evening when they acquired All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers. Gomez made his major league debut with the Mets in 2007 before being traded to the Minnesota Twins that offseason in the Johan Santana deal.

Is this a better deal for the Brewers than what the Mets would have given up? You make the call. Here is what the Astros gave up to get him:

Gomez, 29, was hitting .262 with eight homers, 43 RBI, and seven steals in 286 at bats with Milwaukee. The Astros wanted a deal like this since Gomez is under control until the end of next year, so he is not just a rental. The big question is whether Gomez will get back to the form that saw him make back-to-back All Star teams in 2013 and 2014.

Gomez had a combined 47 homers and 74 steals in those two seasons, and was fantasy gold. That propelled him high into the second round in most drafts this year. Gomez owners have not been able to get what they paid for.

A change of scenery could do him well. Hitting in a better lineup will also help him out immensely. His fantasy value has nowhere to go but up. I would make a good offer to the Gomez owner in your league and try to buy him before he really takes off.

Upon hearing that his hip was the supposed reason for the nixed trade to the Mets last night, Gomez stated In the last month I’ve played every day. I’ve missed one game because my manager gave me a day off. I have no problem. I’m playing and I feel really sexy.” Now who wouldn’t want that looseness and sense of humor on a club trying to make the playoffs?

“In the last month I’ve played every day. I’ve missed one game because my manager gave me a day off. I have no problem. I’m playing and I feel really sexy.”

Mike Fiers has pitched pretty well for the Brewers this year. He is 5-9 with a 3.89 ERA in 21 starts, and could supplant Scott Feldman (4-5, 4.54 ERA) in the Houston rotation. If he does, Fiers is a suitable options in leagues of 12 teams or more. He won’t rack up the strikeouts, but he has a respectable ERA and is going to get plenty of chances for wins.

Brett Phillips is the big piece in this deal for the Brewers. He is the number two overall prospect in the Houston system, one of the most loaded in the majors. Yes, he is even ranked higher than Mark Appel. Phillips was the Astros Minor League Player of the Year last year after hitting .310 with 29 doubles, 14 triples, 17 homers, 68 RBI, and 23 steals between two A-ball stops. This year, it has been more of the same. Phillips is hitting .320 with 27 doubles, 11 triples, 16 homers, 71 RBI, and 15 steals between high-A and AA ball.

Most scouts think he is a younger version of Gomez because of the power-speed combo and above average defense. He likely will not be as gifted defensively as Gomez, but when he does make his ascent to the majors, he will be a huge asset to your fantasy team. That likely will not happen until the middle of next year at the earliest. Those of you in dynasty leagues should have him on your radar already. He is not blocked in Milwaukee like he was in Houston.

Domingo Santana will likely be in Milwaukee soon. He is the seventh ranked prospect in the Astros system, and hit .256 with two homers and eight RBI in 42 at bats in the majors earlier this season. Santana is hitting .320 with 16 homers and 59 RBI for AAA Fresno this year. He looks like he is ready to contribute right now. Those of you in deeper leagues should pick him up now. Hold off in standard leagues until he shows that he can contribute to your fantasy team.

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Josh Hader is 3-3 with a 3.17 ERA in ten starts and seven relief appearances for AA Corpus Christi so far this year. He has 69 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched. Hader was the pitcher of the year in the California League last season, and could be ready to contribute to the Milwaukee rotation as soon as next season. He won’t help you out this year though. Hader is the 13th overall prospect in the Houston system, and the top left handed pitcher.

Adrian Houser is regarded as the fourth best of the four prospects sent to Milwaukee. He is still number 21 on Houston’s prospect list, and is raw at 22 years old. He has struggled some this year between high-A and AA, compiling a 3-4 record with a 5.10 ERA. He has the makeup to be a successful major league pitcher, but so far has not been able to put it all together.

Overall, the Brewers don’t get the major league ready pitcher and hitter like the Mets would have given them, but Santana is ready now, and they got one of the best prospects in the minors in Phillips. If you are a Milwaukee fan, you have to think the club did pretty well with this deal.

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