Astros News: Houston Traded Away A "Pricey Package" Of Young Prospects In Evan Gattis Deal

Houston Chronicle writer Evan Drellich said it best in calling the group of prospects given up by the Houston Astros for Atlanta Braves catcher/left fielder Evan Gattis a "pricey package."

Per Drellich, "the deal represents the biggest grouping of minor league talent Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has parted with in a trade, signifying a commitment - and a need - to get better at the big league level immediately. Gattis is under team control for four years, from 2015-18."

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Flamethrower Mike Foltynewicz, RHP Andrew Thurman, and third baseman Rio Ruiz represent some of the former gems of Houston's farm system - a clear signal by GM Jeff Luhnow that the time to win is now.

"We're excited," Luhnow said. "We had to give up a lot to get Evan Gattis and [minor-league reliever] James Hoyt, but they're both players that figure into our plans for next year. Evan Gattis is a premier offensive player in today's game where offense is declining."

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