After initial signs indicated they would be quiet, the Houston Astros have become rather active this offseason.
During his first offseason in command, Dana Brown had a successful winter as the team's front office maneuvered and figured out how to add parts to the franchise.
While Josh Hader was the Astros' big fish, infielder Trey Cabbage was acquired in a deal with the Angels, according to Houston's Ari Alexander of KPRC 2.
The Astros will send Carlos Espinosa, a 22-year-old minor league pitcher who started six games for the Angels' Single-A club last season and made eleven appearances, as part of the trade.
After the Minnesota Twins drafted Cabbage in the fourth round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, the Astros receive the services of a gifted infielder.
After almost six years with the organization—during which he reached their Double-A affiliate—he elected free agency following the 2021 season and inked a minor league deal with Los Angeles.
It was in July of last year that the Angels initially summoned him to the Major League Baseball. His stats were.208/.232/.321 with a home run and seven RBI in 22 games played.
With a five-year, $95 million deal with the Houston Astros, five-time All-Star closer Josh Hader became the highest-paid reliever in terms of total guarantee and average yearly value.
Houston was able to bolster their roster with a depth component that will help them contend for a World Series championship without sacrificing much else.