Houston sends Straw to Cleveland in exchange for Maton and minor league catcher Diaz
HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Astros have acquired RHP Phil Maton and minor league C Yainer Diaz from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for OF Myles Straw. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager James Click.
Maton, 28, has gone 2-0 with a 4.57 ERA (21ER/41.1IP) in 38 appearances for the Indians this season. He has struck out 61 hitters in his 41.1 innings for a 13.28 strikeouts per 9.0 ratio, which ranks sixth in the American League (min. 40 IP). Originally a 20th-round pick by the Padres in 2015, Maton debuted in San Diego in 2017 and has made 182 career appearances in his five Major League seasons with the Padres (2017-19) and Indians (2019-21).
Diaz, 22, has played his entire 2021 season at Class A Lynchburg, hitting .314 (75×239) with 19 doubles, five homers, 50 RBI and an .821 OPS in 61 games. The right-handed hitting catcher has played in the Indians minor league system his entire career (2017-21) and has appeared in 198 career minor league games, compiling a .326 lifetime batting average.
Straw, 26, hit .262 (85×325) with 34 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 98 games for the Astros this season. Originally a 12th-round pick of the club in 2015, Straw has spent parts of the last four seasons (2018-21) in Houston, combining to appear in 196 total games.