Houston claimed Maybin off revocable trade waivers and the Angels awarded him without compensation, meaning Houston is on the hook for the rest of his salary this season.
The Maybin move comes immediately after the Angels’ acquisition of outfielder Justin Upton in a deal with the Tigers. Maybin has been the club’s main left-fielder for most of the year and was obviously displaced by the addition of Upton.
Maybin will serve as outfield depth and a pinch-running option for an Astros club that has George Springer, Josh Reddick, Derek Fisher, Carlos Beltran and Jake Marisnick already on its roster. The 30-year old hit just .235/.333/.351 with six homers in his short time as an Angel but has a league-leading 29 steals.
Maybin is a free agent after the season, as his six-year, $33 million contract is expiring. He’s a veteran of 11 major-league seasons with five different clubs (Detroit, Miami, San Diego, Atlanta and Los Angeles of Anaheim).