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Astros trade Dexter Fowler to Cubs for Dan Straily, Luis Valbuena

The outfielder is entering his age-29 season.

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The Houston Astros have traded outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs for right-handed pitcher Dan Straily and infielder Luis Valbuena. The soon-to-be 29-year-old Fowler is set to hit free agency following this season and has hit .271/.375/.399 for his career, all of which he spent with the Rockies until the Astros acquired him for the 2014 season.

Straily made just seven appearances for the Cubs, only one of which was a start, and threw just 52 innings in total in the big leagues last year. In total, he had a 6.75 ERA and 5.32 FIP, and the 20 starts he made in Triple-A didn't go particularly well, either. He just turned 26 in December, though, and was a decent, if unspectacular, pitcher in 27  starts for the 2013 Athletics. He's under Houston's control through 2019, per Cot's Contracts.

Valbuena has mostly played third base for the Cubs and can become a free agent following the 2016 season. He's a career .229/313/.374 hitter, but he had his best year at the plate, by far, in 2014, as he hit .249/.341/.435 with a 116 wRC+ in 547 plate appearances. He has played mostly third base but occasionally slotted in at other positions in the infield.