HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have recalled outfielder Jimmy Paredes from Triple A Oklahoma City and have traded infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce to the New York Yankees. In exchange for Pearce, the Astros will receive cash considerations. The announcements were made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
Paredes, 23, was hitting .318 (161x507) with 28 doubles, 13 home runs, 59 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 124 games for the RedHawks this season. A Pacific Coast League All-Star in 2012, Paredes currently ranks tied for first in the PCL in steals, second in hits and total bases (242) and third in runs scored (92). The switch-hitting Paredes entered this season as an infielder before moving to the outfield almost a month ago. He started his first game in the outfield on July 31 as the left fielder, but has started each of his last 18 games in center field.
Acquired by the Astros from the Yankees in 2010 as part of the return in the Lance Berkman trade, Paredes has excelled in his time with the organization, having been named an All-Star in both 2011 (Texas League) and 2012 (PCL). He made his Major League debut with the Astros last season, hitting .286 (48x168) with eight doubles, two homers and 18 RBI in 46 games for Houston.
Pearce, 28, hit .254 (16x63) with eight RBI in 21 games since being claimed off waivers by Houston on July 28. In 49 Major League games with Houston and Baltimore this season, Pearce has combined to hit .254 with three home runs and 22 RBI.
With the moves, the Astros 40-man roster now stands at 39.