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Myers happy to be headed to White Sox

The Astros continued to restock their farm system on Saturday by trading veteran pitcher Brett Myers and cash considerations to the White Sox in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Heidenreich, left-handed pitcher Blair Walters and a player to be named later.

Myers spoke exclusively to MLB.com on Saturday about the trade, saying he was excited to be going to a White Sox team that’s in first place in the American League Central.

“They’re in first place,” he said. “I’m pumped about that and to play for a team that’s fighting for a championship. That’s why I play the game, to win championships.”

Myers, who closed for the Phillies in 2007, has saved 19 of 21 games this year for the Astros in his return to closer. He has a $10 million option for 2013 that vests if he finishes 45 games this year. He has finished 29 games so far. There’s a $3 million buyout if the option doesn’t vest.

The Astros are expected to pick up most of the remainder of Myers’ $11-million contract for this year.

“I was happy they gave me an opportunity to re-establish myself as a starter, and this year they needed a closer,” Myers said. “They had a couple of guys to pick from and they asked me to do it and I was happy to do it. I had a good time there. It was good for my family and everything and it was a good place to play. I guess it just didn’t work out in the end for us.”

Myers, 31, signed a one-year deal with the Astros prior to the 2010 season and went 14-8 with a 3.14 ERA in 33 starts, earning him a two-year contract extension from former general manager Ed Wade. Myers went 7-14 with a 4.46 ERA in 2011 before being moved to closer prior to this year.\“Brett showed that he was a real team player by going to the bullpen for us and was very successful as our closer,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “We appreciate everything he has done for us.”

On Friday, The Astros shipped veteran starting pitcher J.A. Happ, veteran reliever Brandon Lyon and Minor League reliever David Carpenter to Toronto in exchange for seven players – reliever Francisco Cordero, outfielder Ben Francisco, four Minor League prospects and a player to be named later.

It’s the third major trade Luhnow has pulled off this month, having sent Carlos Lee to the Marlins on July 4 in exchange for two prospects. Earlier this year, he shipped veteran catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois to Kansas City for two Minor Leaguers.

Heidenreich (6-5, 185) was 9-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 18 combined starts at Class A Winston-Salem and Dobule-A Birmingham with two complete games and a shutout. The 21-year-old, who was the White Sox fourth-round selection in the 2009 draft, has a 25-17 record in four Minor League seasons with a 3.87 ERA in 75 appearances (56 starts). He will be assigned to Double-A Corpus Christi.

Walters, 22, was 4-6 with a 3.96 ERA in 18 combined starts with Class A Kannapolis and Class A Winston-Salem this season while tallying 93 strikeouts in 97 2/3 innings with 22 walks. Walters, who was taken in the 11th round of the 2011 Draft by the White Sox, has a 13-6 record in his two Minor League seasons with a 3.99 ERA in 32 appearances (31 starts) with 165 strikeouts in 171 1/3 innings of work. He will be assigned to Class A Lancaster.

“The pitchers we are receiving are talented young prospects with big-league upside,” Luhnow said. “They have had success in their young careers and we’re excited to add them to the mix.”

Myers heading to White Sox

The Astros continue to deal, sending veteran pitcher Brett Myers to the White Sox, a source told MLB.com on Saturday.

It’s not yet known what the Astros are getting in return, but the team has made a flurry of deals lately in an effort to stockpile Minor League talent. Houston made a 10-team deal with Toronto on Friday and received seven players in return, including four Minor Leaugers and a player to be named later.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow couldn’t be reached for comment.

Myers, 31, signed a one-year deal with the Astros prior to the 2010 season and went 14-8 with a 3.14 ERA in 33 starts, earning him a two-year contract extension from former general manager Ed Wade. Myers went 7-14 with a 4.46 ERA in 2011 before being moved to closer prior to this year.

Myers, who closed for the Phillies in 2007, has saved 19 of 21 games this year for the Astros. He has an option for 2013 that vests for $10 million if he finished 45 games this year. He has finished 29 games so far. There’s a $3 million buyout if the option doesn’t vest.

Astros-Sox preview

The Astros try to get back on track this weekend when they make the first of four trips to Chicago, but this is the only trip to the south side to face the White Sox. Here are the pitching matchups:

FridayLHP Wandy Rodriguez (4-4, 3.14) vs. RHP Gavin Floyd (4-5, 5.32)
Saturday RHP Jordan Lyles (1-1, 4.97) vs. LHP Chris Sale (7-2, 2.29)
SundayRHP Lucas Harrell (5-4, 4.70) vs. RHP Philip Humber (2-3, 5.68)

Here are some tidbits:

  • The White Sox are 15-4 since May 17, which is the best record in the Major Leagues in that span.
  • By contrast, the Astros are 2-10 since May 26, which is the worst record in the Major Leagues in that span.
  • Despite its recent problems, Houston is hitting the ball much better so far in June than it did in the first couple months of the season. The Astros are hitting .296 in June, which leads the Majors. They hit .250 in April/May.
  • Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is batting .432 (16-for-37) since May 30. His 16 hits during this stretch are tied for the most in the Majors with Ryan Theriot of the Giants.
  • Nine of Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie’s 10 home runs this season have come on a two-strike count.That’s the most in the Majors.
  • The White Sox have more than doubled their opponents’ run production in the first inning, outscoring foes 45-17.
  • Gavin Floyd has pitched well in Interleague Play over his career. He has a 2.43 ERA and a 1.95 opponents’ batting average against when playing NL clubs.
  • But Floyd has struggled of late after getting off to a good start to 2012. He cannot blame lack of run support for his struggles, however. He was 3-3 with a 2.53 ERA in his first seven starts, but is 1-2 with a 11.90 ERA in his past four starts.
  • Like Floyd, Wandy Rodriguez started the season strongly, but is coming off back-to-back poor starts in which he has struggled with allowing the longball. Rodriguez was 4-4 with a 2.14 ERA and four homers allowed in his first 10 starts, but in his last two starts he’s 0-0 with a 9.90 ERA and six homers allowed in 10 innings.
  • Rodriguez uses his curveball 30 percent of the time, which through June 6 was the highest percentage of curveballs in the Majors (30.7 percent). The next highest is A.J. Burnett at 28.3 percent.
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