Toronto Blue Jays orchestrate 10-player trade with Houston Astros

Toronto Blue Jays orchestrate 10-player trade with Houston Astros

Toronto Blue Jays orchestrate 10-player trade with Houston Astros

Even though they’re only a .500 ball club, the Toronto Blue Jays are just a few games out of a wildcard MLB playoff spot. However, the team has been decimated by injuries in the past month, especially to its pitching staff as well as home-run king Jose Bautista. Alex Anthopoulos, the Blue Jays general manager, addressed their pitching needs on July 20 by completing a 10-player trade with the National League’s Houston Astros.

The Blue Jays received relievers David Carpenter and Brandon Lyon as well as starter J.A. Happ. In return, they shipped outfielder Ben Francisco to the Astros along with pitcher Francisco Cordero, four Minor League players and a player to be named later. Anthopoulos said he didn’t want to give up any of the Jays top players, but the club needed some pitching depth due to the recent spate of injuries. He added that Houston figured if they weren’t going to get top quality players in return then they’d settle for quantity, which would also give their organization more depth.

The 29-year-old Happ, a left hander, had a 7-9 record with Houston this season in 18 starts along with an ERA of 4.83. It was believed the Blue Jays were interested in the former Philadelphia Phillie previously when pitcher Roy Halladay was sent to Philadelphia from Toronto. Happ stayed with the Phillies and was eventually sent to Houston as a part of a trade for Roy Oswalt.

Happ hasn’t been as consistent as he’d like this season, but the Blue Jays need as much help as they can get with pitchers Brandon Morrow, Drew Hutchison, and Kyle Drabek all on Toronto’s disabled list. Jeff Luhnow, the GM of the Astros, said it was a great trade for his club as it allows it to add more depth with quality prospects to its Minor League system. He added that it’s a great way for the team to move forward and they’re excited about adding the players to their organization.

Lyon is a former Blue Jay middle reliever who will be a free agent after the season. He’s pitched in 37 games so far this season with an ERA of 3.75 ERA. The 11-year-veteran also has 78 saves in his career. The 32-year-old will join Jason Frasor and Darren Oliver in middle relief to help set things up for Casey Janssen, the Jays closer.

Carpenter, a 27-year-old, will be sent to Las Vegas to play Triple-A ball, but could be called up if Toronto needs more help.  Anthopoulos said Carpenter has a good right arm and is still relatively young. He believes Carpenter will be able to develop into a good reliever over the next year or two. Toronto had to give up some good prospects though in Joe Musgrove and Asher Wojciechowski.

Wojciechowski is a 23-year-old pitcher who was 7 -3 in 18 starts at Class A Dunedin so far this season with an ERA of 3.57.  Musgrove is a 19-year-old pitcher who has a 3.51 ERA and 1-1 record in the minors over the past two years. In addition, 22-year-old left-handed pitcher David Rollins was sent to the Astros along with 21-year-old catcher Carlos Perez.  Rollins had complied a 10-1 record in Toronto’s system over the last two years as well as a fine ERA of 2.46 in 25 starts. Perez was playing in Class A Lansing and had five home runs and 40 RBI at the time of the trade as well as a .269 batting average.

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By The Baseball Page
Saturday, 21 Jul 2012

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