HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have acquired left-handed pitcher Wes Musick and right-handed pitcher Jonnathan Aristil from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Lindstrom. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Ed Wade.
Musick, 23, went 8-7 with a 4.05 ERA (55ER/122.1IP) in 23 starts with Colorado's Class A Asheville in 2010. A product of the University of Houston and a native of Lufkin (TX), Musick was a ninth-round selection by the Rockies in the June 2009 draft. He pitched three seasons with Houston (2007-09), where he was named to the All-Conference USA First (2007) and Second (2008) Teams in his freshman and sophomore seasons. He had two professional seasons in Colorado's organization and owns a 11-7 career record with a 3.78 ERA (62ER/147.2IP) in 30 games, 28 starts.
Aristil, 24, combined to post a 2-5 record with a 5.90 ERA (47ER/71.2IP) in 33 appearances, four starts, at three different levels in the Rockies system last season. He began his year at Class A Modesto before a promotion to Double A Tulsa in July. After his promotion, Aristil went 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA (13ER/28.2IP), which included 11 appearances with Tulsa and one September appearance for Triple A Colorado Springs. Aristil is a converted position player, having signed with Colorado as an undrafted infielder out of the Dominican Republic in 2003. He began pitching in 2006, and has earned a 13-23 record and a 4.47 ERA (175ER/352.1IP) in 113 minor league appearances, including 53 starts.
"We were very reluctant to trade Matt," said Wade. "But with Brandon Lyon, Wilton Lopez and some of our younger arms, we think we have good coverage at the back of the bullpen. Matt is a great guy and a great competitor and we wish him well. We've added two young arms to our prospect depth and we think both Aristil and Musick have a chance to help us down the road."
Lindstrom, 30, went 2-5 with 23 saves and a 4.39 ERA (26ER/53.1IP) in 58 appearances for the Astros this season. He recorded 21 of his 23 saves prior to the All-Star Break, a span in which he posted a 2.80 ERA (11ER/35.1IP) in 35 appearances. Lindstrom has four years of Major League service, including three years with the Florida Marlins (2007-09). The Astros acquired him in a trade with Florida during the 2009 Winter Meetings. He owns a career 10-13 record with a 4.00 ERA (100ER/225IP) in 249 Major League appearances.