2. The Carlos Gomez Trade That Was
Astros received: OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Mike Fiers and cash considerations
Brewers received: OF Brett Phillips, OF Domingo Santana, RHP Adrian Houser and LHP Josh Hader
It is always hard to see a fan favorite leave the club in the midst of a difficult season. The Crew were cellar dwellers in the NL Central at 44 wins and 59 losses on July 30, 2015 so a move was bound to happen. The return on investment on this trade was nothing short of phenomenal…and it’s a gift that keeps giving.
This wasn’t the original plan for the Carlos Gomez trade at the 2015 Trade Deadline. As most remember, he was supposed to be sent to the Mets in exchange for Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler. The Mets backed out at the last minute, and the Brewers had to scramble for a different solution.
Enter the Houston Astros and their package of four prospects instead of the two New York proposed.
Most of Carlos Gomez’s best years came in Milwaukee. In his two years in Houston he slashed .221/.277/.342 with an OPS+ of only 72. And while Brewer fans only wished the best for GoGo after he left the team, it appeared he was let go at the right time.
Mike Fiers was drafted by Milwaukee in 2009 and it seemed after a couple years of finding his footing in MLB, he was traded. He went on to be a (for lack of a better word) “interesting” instrument in the Astros World Series run orchestra.
All four guys in return for Gomez and Fiers helped Milwaukee in one way or another. Brett Phillips was a big piece of the trade that brought Mike Moustakas to town. Domingo Santana had a big 2017 campaign along with a couple of other efficient seasons in a Brewers uniform. Adrian Houser is an integral part of the current Brewers rotation and Josh Hader needs no introduction further than one of the best in the game at what he does. It was an all around great trade for the Crew.