Houston (CBS Houston) – In a somewhat surprising move, the Astros have traded starting pitcher Jarred Cosart and infielder Kike Hernandez to the Miami Marlins.

General Manager Jeff Luhnow indicated there was a clear goal in this trade.

“Any transaction that we did,” Luhnow said, “we wanted to make sure that we at least held serve at the big leagues and continue to develop with an eye on the future. I think we were able to do that today.”

Luhnow praised Cosart’s work this year and last with the team. He said most of the interest from other teams was centered around Cosart. Luhnow called him a “valuable commodity.”

“It was very difficult to give him up,” Luhnow said.

Cosart, 24, is 9-7 with a 4.41 era this season. He was scheduled to start tonight, but before the game was seen in street clothes saying goodbye to his teammates.

“Getting traded is not a bad thing,” Cosart said. “I’m pretty excited for, I guess, a new start. Obviously it’s tough leaving home and everything like that, but I’m still playing the game I love just in a different city.”

In return the Astros will receive 21-year old third baseman Colin Moran, center fielder Jake Marisnick, pitcher France Martes and a comp pick. Marisnick is batting .167 in limited action this year for the Marlins. Moran was the sixth overall pick in 2013, the same year the Astros selected Mark Appel number on overall. He join Appel in AA Corpus Christi.

Luhnow said the Marlins were the most aggressive team in the negotiations for Cosart. He says Miami offered them “a package that at the end of the day we couldn’t walk away from.”

Luhnow thinks his team added plenty of talent to the organization.

“We think Jake Marisnick is ready to play right now,” Luhnow said. “He’ll be here tomorrow. He’ll probaly be in the lineup tomorrow.”

He called Marisnick an exciting player who was a plus defender. According to Luhnow he has been tracked by the Astros in years past.

Colin Moran was almost an member of the Astros last year. Luhnow mentioned the team thought about selecting him with the first pick in last year’s draft.

“If you had asked me ‘how would you like to have Appel and Moran?’ I would have thought there was no way to possibly pull that off,” Luhnow said.

He called Moran a “unique guy” and mentioned how he is the same age as some of this year’s draftees.

Jeff Luhnow mentioned Brad Peacock as a possible replacement for Cosart’s rotation spot. Bo Porter echoed those sentiments when asked about Cosart’s now vacant rotation spot.



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