STRAW SENT TO CLEVELAND FOR MATON
The Cleveland Indians acquired outfielder Myles Straw from the Houston Astros for pitcher Phil Maton and catcher Yainer Diaz.
What does it give the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland did well here to land Straw, a legitimate center-fielder who fills a need for a team that is not really contending this season. Expect Straw to play every day in the middle of the Indians' outfield.
What does it give the Houston Astros
The Astros were expected to get more help for their bullpen, so Maton makes sense here. However, trading away Houston's starting center-fielder seems like a bit of a gamble. What will they do next?
There could be some value in picking up Straw down the stretch, since he may get an even bigger and better role with his new team. As for Maton, his stock also rises but he may not see any save chances with his new squad. As for Diaz, he may have some intriguing upside as a possible catcher for the future with Houston. However, he does not need to be picked up yet.