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Rockies trade for Matt Lindstrom

According to Mark Berman of, the website associated with Houston's Fox affiliate, the Astros and Rockies are close to working out a deal for Astros RHP Matt Lindstrom for two minor leaguers, the report mentions Wes Musick as one of the minor league players apparently involved.

The hard throwing Lindstrom is coming off of two somewhat disappointing seasons, one with the Astros, one with Florida, after a very strong start to his MLB career with the Marlins in 2007 and 2008. This would mark the third time that he's been traded since originally signing with the Mets in 2002. For the Rockies, Lindstrom is expected to take some of the set-up burden from Rafael Betancourt and Matt Belisle.

Lindstrom was a part-time closer for Florida and Houston over the last 2 seasons, and his career 4.00 ERA (3.53 FIP, 4.18 xFIP) marks a solid middle reliever. Additionally, his 7.48 K9 and 3.64 BB9 set Lindstrom as an effective if not flashy reliever who sits 96mph+ on his fastball. One additional boon to Matt Lindstrom is very solid HR control (0.52 HR/9). While this HR control has seen a bit of a decline the past 2 seasons, it's still never reached over 1.00. All good things for a Coors Field pitcher.

Musick, a promising but still developing LHP from the University of Houston was drafted by the Rockies in the ninth round of the 2009 draft as a senior. He had been drafted by the Astros in 2005 before deciding to go to college, and this trade would reunite him with the city nearest his Texas home.

UPDATE: Thomas Harding is reporting the deal as done.

The second minor leaguer has been named as RHP Jonnathan Aristil, a longtime Rockies farmhand from the Dominican Republic. Aristil's spent 2010 bouncing between Modesto, Tulsa and Colorado Springs.