The Colorado Rockies and the Houston Astros traded arms in Nashville on Tuesday in a deal that sent RHP Wilton Lopez and a player to be named later or cash to Colorado in exchange for RHPs Alex White and Alex Gillingham.
It was the first trade at the Winter Meetings this year.
Apparently the Rockies are satisfied in thinking that the right-hander can stay healthy and that his elbow isn’t an issue.
Lopez put up a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the last three seasons for the Astros, collecting 10 saves and a 2.17 ERA in 64 games in 2012, before finishing with a record of 6-3.
The 29-year-old is known for his precision control, which led to 54 strikeouts and just eight walks in 66-1/3 innings last season.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old White split duty last season with the Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs where he was 2-9 with a 5.51 ERA in 23 games for the Rockies. Although he tanked in Colorado, he is an attention-grabbing pickup by Houston.
Gillingham, 23, was 6-8 with a 3.66 ERA in his first full pro season at Class-A.