Houston GM says 'key component' to complete trade

Houston GM says 'key component' to complete trade

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Who is the Minor League player to be named in the Royals' half of Tuesday's trade with the Houston Astros?

No one was saying, but Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow was making that part of the trade sound very intriguing.

"I can't really disclose when we're going to do it, but all I can really say on that is the player to be named later is a key component to this deal," Luhnow told reporters in Kissimmee, Fla.

In the trade that brought them catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois, the Royals gave up a promising left-handed reliever in Kevin Chapman.

"He's a prospect for us and he's adding to our organizational depth at the Minor League level," Luhnow said. "I don't know if he's a Double-A or Triple-A guy this year, but he's not Major League-ready. He's a guy down the road that could be an elite left-handed pitcher, and that's a valuable commodity to have."

So, too, apparently is the "key component" to be named.