The Astros have acquired outfielder Carlos Gomez and right-hander Mike Fiers from the Brewers in exchange for several prospects, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Milwaukee will receive prospects Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana, Josh Hader and Adrian Houser, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Houston will also receive an international bonus slot in the trade.
Gomez heads to Houston one day after the Brewers agreed to send him to the Mets for Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler, though that deal fell apart due to what now appears to be concern over financial issues. The Astros clearly did not believe that there was anything wrong with Gomez' hip when acquiring him, as was rumored as a reason for the Mets' deal collapsing.
Fiers, 30, is under team control through the 2019 season, and is the latest addition to an Astros' rotation that has already added Scott Kazmir this month. Houston will go into the stretch run with a rotation of Kazmir, Fiers, Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Lance McCullers, with Scott Feldman serving as depth.
Phillips, 21, is the main prize of the haul for the Brewers, and was ranked by MLB.com as the Astros' second-best prospect at the time of the deal. The outfielder is a five-tool player known for his athleticism and late-blooming power, and has hit .320/.377/.548 with sixteen home runs in 97 games split between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi so far this season.
Santana, 22, was Houston's seventh-best prospect, and saw fourteen games of major-league action already this year. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound outfielder has raw power and projects as a starting corner outfielder in the major leagues.
Hader, a 21-year old left-hander, is on the move for the second time in three years after being acquired as a main piece in the deal that sent Bud Norris to the Orioles. The southpaw is ranked as the Astros' fourteenth-best prospect, and has seen an increase in velocity over the last few years.
Houser, 22, is a righty who is ranked as the 21st-best prospect in Houston's system. He has split the season between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi, and is regarded for his powerful arm and strong delivery.