Marlins trade reliever Matt Lindstrom to Astros

The Houston Astros got hard-throwing reliever Matt Lindstrom

from Florida on Wednesday, hoping he can help fill a late-inning

hole in their bullpen.

Houston sent two low-level minor leaguers and a player to be

named to the Marlins.

Lindstrom features a fastball that can reach 100 mph, though he

sometimes has trouble harnessing all that power.

The 29-year-old righty went 2-1 with 15 saves in 17 chances and

a 5.89 ERA in 54 games for Florida last season. He was hurt by four

bruising appearances, in which he allowed 18 earned runs in only 2

1-3 innings.

Houston needed another reliever after closer Jose Valverde and

setup man LaTroy Hawkins filed for free agency. Hawkins agreed to a

contract with Milwaukee earlier in the day, subject to completion

of final details.

“We’re happy to have Matt as a part of our club,” Astros

general manager Ed Wade said. “He has a tremendous arm and has

shown closer’s stuff in the past. He had some health issues last

season, but we believe he’ll bounce back. We feel he has the

capability to be our closer or to at least share those

responsibilities.”

The cost-conscious Marlins had a major league-high 11 players

eligible for salary arbitration, including Lindstrom.

Florida got right-hander Robert Bono and infielder Luis Bryan.

The 20-year-old Bono was 10-8 at Class-A Lexington and the

19-year-old Bryan hit .340 with two home runs and 19 RBIs in 31

games in the rookie Gulf Coast League.