Astros Acquire Matt Lindstrom, Add Bullpen Help

Posted: 9th December 2009 by Adam Bernacchio in MLB
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On a day when the Houston Astros lost relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins to their division rival Milwaukee Brewers, the Astros moved quickly to replace him. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Astros have acquired RHP Matt Lindstrom from the Florida Marlins for minor leaguers RHP Robert Bono and INF Luis Bryan. Lindstrom, who is 29 and made $410,000 in 2009, is a first-year arbitration eligible player, which is why the Marlins were looking to trade him. After posting solid seasons in 2007 and 2008, Lindstrom had a disastrous 2009. Lindstrom was hurt for over six weeks with elbow inflammation and posted a 5.89 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Despite his dreadful 2009, I actually like this move for the Astros. I believe Lindstrom will have a bounce-back year in an AstrosÆ uniform. My reasoning? T ...

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