Astros GM Jeff Luhnow pulls off another quiet one, today sending righty Brett Myers to the White Sox, according to a source of Ken Rosenthal’s. We’ll have to wait to hear what the return is, but, depending on the money, I don’t expect it to be significant.

Myers, 31, makes $11 million this year, and has a $10 mill vesting option for 2012 or a $3 million buyout (the option vests if he finishes 45 games this year – he’s finished 29 so far). That is all to say, he probably wasn’t particularly expensive. And, since being returned to to the bullpen this year, he wasn’t particularly valuable. Although he has pitched decently this year – 3.52 ERA, 1.337 WHIP, 3.33 K/BB, 19 saves – that comes in just 30.2 innings of work. He started in 2010 and 2011 for the Astros, succeeded in the first year before coming back down to Earth (well, below it, I suppose) in 2011.

The White Sox may be thinking about putting Myers back in the rotation, as a few other teams were reportedly thinking when showing interest in Myers this season. To the extent he’s viewed as a starter, Myers was not really in the same tier of market options as Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza – or maybe even Paul Maholm – so this trade doesn’t do much to impact the market for the Cubs. Indeed, the White Sox haven’t been rumored as legitimate suitors for one of the Cubs’ arms in quite some time.

Otherwise, Myers will slot into the White Sox pen, and offer a fair upgrade there. Whether he’ll close, however, remains to be seen.

Once we learn the return for the Astros on the deal, it’s possible the market impact will be felt – for example, if the Astros got a surprisingly good return, that could help the Cubs as sellers.

I suppose the move also impacts the Cubs in this way: the Astros, now having dumped quite a bit of their pitching core, are due to play even worse in the next two months than they’ve played thus far. With a high draft pick at stake, that could make things “tougher” on the Cubs, to the extent the two teams end up directly vying for a top pick.

UPDATE: The return is a couple of interesting, but not overwhelming pitching prospects (Blair Walters and Matt Heidenreich), plus a PTBNL. The Astros are sending along a ton of cash, such that the White Sox’s total commitment to Myers is only about $1 million). Both were fringe top-30 guys in a weak system. Not a terrible return for the Astros, but not market-moving, either.

  • Spencer

    May make the Tigers push harder for a piece or two.

    • Spencer

      ^^^^^^^^ Just saying.

      • TWC

        I’m glad you’re not the type to say “I told you so”, Spencer. That would be tacky.

  • gdub

    Brett – Cub fan relocated down in the St. Louis area. Awesome to hear you on ESPN 101.1 today. You had at least 10 minutes of air time talking everything Cubs. Well played!

  • Adam

    I’d be surprised if the Astros got much. Sox don’t have a whole lot to give in terms of prospects

    • Carew

      They got 3 players. I dont recall the names though. Well according to mlbtraderumors

    • rcleven

      I keep hearing that argument and they keep bringing up pitchers. Good and bad.

  • rcleven

    The White Sox have acquired closer Brett Myers and cash considerations from Houston for minor leaguer pitchers Blair Walters and Matt Heidenreich and a player to be named later, the team confirmed Saturday afternoon.

    From Comcast Sportsnet Chi.

  • AD

    Is Bubba Starling and Jake Odorizzi a fair package for Garza? Two of my favorite minor leaguers.

  • Smitty

    I hope you are joking..

  • fromthemitten

    Pretty smart move by Kenny considering their system’s depleted. Probably won’t cost more than a B prospect and a future AAAA player.

    And a sad note: I remember Myers was called up around the same time Prior was :'(

    • Jack Weiland

      Didn’t he make his ML debut at Wrigley? Or was he at Wrigley shortly thereafer? I think I was at that game. Rolen made a stupid good defensive play at third.

  • Fastball

    Tigers are coming fast. They dont need ti make any moves in order to pull away in their division. Their pitching is improving and they will be in 1st place after tonights win.

  • Fastball

    Tigers just need a second basemen

    • Evenbetternewsv2.0

      They don’t have the pitching outside of Verlander to win IMO.

      • someday…2015?

        I agree with both of you. The Tigers have said they are interested in a pitcher but not a rental. They are also in need of a second baseman… How about this then. Garza and Cardenas(NOT BARNEY) for Turner, Rondon, and Crosby.

        • Drew7

          I think it would take Barney to get that in return.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Does the Johan Santana DL stint affect the trade market for Dempster or Garza? Will the Mets be on them now?

  • Serious Cubs Fan