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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) - Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero were key parts of the Astros 2011 season. But they’re not part of the rebuilding plan under new owner Jim Crane and new general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Bourgeois and Quintero have been traded to the Royals in exchange for a minor league pitching prospect and a player to be named later.
Bourgeois, a 30-year-old outfielder, hit .294 in a part-time role for the Astros last season. He was competing for a bench spot this spring. Bourgeois played at Forest Brook high school in Houston before being drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2000.
Quintero, who batted .240 in 79 games last season, was in the competition for the backup catcher’s spot behind up-and-coming Jason Castro. Former UH catcher Chris Snyder, who was signed this offseason, is the favorite to win that job now.
The Astros receive Kevin Chapman, a left-handed pitching prospect, in return. The 24 year old reliever has piled up strikeouts but has struggled otherwise since the Royals drafted him in the fourth round out of the University of Florida 2010.
Chapman has a 5.06 ERA in two seasons of A ball and AA ball. He has 110 strikeouts in 80 professional innings. But control has been an issue. Chapman walked 21 batters in 39.2 innings of relief at AA Northwest Arkansas last season.