Astros, Blue Jays Complete Ten-Player Trade

The Astros and Blue Jays have completed a ten-player trade, the teams announced. The Astros obtain seven players from Toronto: right-hander Francisco Cordero, outfielder Ben Francisco, minor leaguers Joe Musgrove, Asher Wojciechowski, David Rollins and Carlos Perez, and a player to be named. The Astros send left-hander J.A. Happ (pictured) and right-handed relievers Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter to Toronto in the trade.

J.A. Happ - Astros (PW)

“Once again we are adding depth to our minor league system with quality young players," GM Jeff Luhnow said in a team press release. "We really feel this will help us moving forward and are extremely excited about the players we’ve added to our organization.”

Cordero and Francisco don't have assurances of staying with the Astros beyond 2012. Cordero, 37, has a 5.77 ERA with 6.8 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 34 1/3 innings this year. He signed a one-year deal with a base salary of $4.5MM before the season. Francisco, 30, earns $1.54MM this year and will be arbitration eligible again this coming offseason. He posted a .240/.296/.380 batting line in Toronto and battled a hamstring injury, so he could be considered a non-tender candidate.

The Blue Jays selected Wojciechowski in the supplementary first round of the 2010 draft. The 23-year-old has a 4.05 ERA with 7.0 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in parts of three minor league seasons. He ranked tenth on Baseball America's offseason list of Toronto's best prospects. Musgrove, 19, was a supplementary first round selection of Toronto's in the 2011 draft. The 6'5" right-hander has a 3.31 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 32 2/3 innings over the course of two pro seasons.

Rollins, 22, has a 2.46 ERA with 8.3 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in parts of two pro seasons. The Blue Jays selected the left-hander in the 24th round of the 2011 draft. Perez, 21, has a .275/.358/.447 batting line at Class A Lansing this year. The Venezuelan catcher has a career .777 OPS in parts of five minor league seasons.

Lyon, 32, is also on track to hit free agency this coming offseason. The former Blue Jays reliever has a 3.25 ERA with 8.8 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 36 innings with Houston this year. Lyon, who pitched in Toronto from 2001-02, earns $5.5MM this year in the final season of a three-year, $15MM contract.

This marks the second time in three years that Happ has been involved in a midseason trade. The Astros acquired the left-hander from Philadelphia along with current Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose for Roy Oswalt in 2010. Happ, 29, has a 4.83 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 104 1/3 innings so far in 2012. He's earning a salary of $2.35MM this year and will remain under team control through 2014.

Carpenter, 27, has a 6.07 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9 in 29 2/3 innings out of the bullpen this year. The right-hander has a strong minor league record: a 2.97 ERA with 9.6 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 in five seasons.

The Blue Jays announced that they called up Travis Snider. The 24-year-old had a .335/.423/.598 batting line at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Photo courtesy of US Presswire.


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217 Comments on "Astros, Blue Jays Complete Ten-Player Trade"


3 years 13 days ago

Whaaaat

mike melusky
3 years 13 days ago

Wow

Josh Marion
3 years 13 days ago

Didn’t I meet you on Myspace? 😉

dylanp5030
3 years 13 days ago

JA Happ to join TOR!

Josh Burns
3 years 13 days ago

Called it.

tim2nyy
3 years 13 days ago

The first domino falls…

3 years 13 days ago

Wow!

P.S. Brandon Lyon is returning to the team that drafted him.

WisBrave
3 years 13 days ago

Big trade but not very exciting.

formerdraftpick
3 years 13 days ago

It’s nice to see the Astros get Rollins and Asher. Francisco and Cordero are random choices that I’m not even sure if the Astros could flip. Other than that, I am seeing a pretty lopsided trade where the Jays win.

baseballz
3 years 13 days ago

Musgrove and Asher are really going to make the Jays regret making this trade. Happ is going to be destroyed in the AL east but hopefully we can trade him. This is a pure desperation move by AA since it is basically a non move where we don’t improve the club and we give up valuable guys in the process. I don’t understand how the Jays can be said to ‘win’ this trade at all.

mozelpuffski
3 years 13 days ago

cordero and francisco are both expiring contracts year end. some filler for the mlb roster.

formerdraftpick
3 years 13 days ago

I guess. I just wished they filled it from within. The first three guys in their lineup for the AAA roster are raking right now.

Kev
3 years 13 days ago

Just want to clarify: the Astros traded their #4 starter, a middle reliever and a 4A bullpen guy. The only way this is a lopsided win is if the plane carrying the Toronto prospects crashes into a mountain on the way to Houston.

Damon Bowman
3 years 13 days ago

Wow! That’s a weird salary dump if I’ve ever seen one. Cordero will be gone at the end of the season. Francisco might return under arbitration. Lyon, Happ, and Carpenter will be folded into a depleted Toronto pitching staff and might be able to help the team stay afloat in the AL East race. Actually, instead of a salary dump from Houston, this looks more like a quantity deal that was made just so both sides can say they’ve tried to improve their clubs.

mozelpuffski
3 years 13 days ago

no jays had to do something with them to free up space on the 40 man roster – as well, cordero will allow houston to trade another reliever if they want.

vjo23
3 years 13 days ago

How are the prospects that the Jays give up?

mozelpuffski
3 years 13 days ago

good prospects but falling down the depth chart….

DerekJeterDan
3 years 13 days ago

The acquisition of Francisco Cordero all but means closer Brett Myers will be dealt.

Toronto is able to get a left handed starter in JA Happ but had to give up Asher Wojciechowski and Joe Musgrove to do it. Two very high upside prospect arms.

David Carpenter is a young reliever who will mature and be effective down the line. He was a nice pickup here by AA.

Ben Francisco can be used to platoon in RF with Brian Bogusevic and be a 4th OF for the team.

Trading Brandon Lyon and getting 2 players for him regardless of who they are (Rollins, Perez) is a positive.

I like this deal for the Astros. Luhnow just did a very good job and will now have Musgrove and Asher Wo in the farm which makes the pitching depth that much deeper.

jeffdg
3 years 13 days ago

You can forget about Cordero being the closer etc, he is DONE.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 13 days ago

Nowhere in my post did I say Francisco is the Astros closer.
He does add veteran insurance though in case they trade Myers.
There is nothing wrong with that.

3 years 13 days ago

Yah, i think Meyers will close until they can trade him. I think cordero is insurance for a meyers trade

formerdraftpick
3 years 13 days ago

The Astros first have to be in the lead for someone to at least be in the position to save a game.

3 years 13 days ago

Cordero throws a lot of strikes. Like right down the middle. And doesn’t miss any bats. The Jays should have DFA’d him a month ago.

oseebhai
3 years 13 days ago

The arms we gave up are not exactly high upside, they were a possibility of a No. 4ish type and a couple of years away. Carlos Perez the catcher actually has some talent, but there are 3 catchers ahead of them in our system. I guess AA wanted a pitcher with some control, and he got that in Happ.

sourbob
3 years 13 days ago

Thanks for this. There was so much HERPDERPBORINGTRADE going on, it’s nice to see some real thoughts.

haymaker9
3 years 13 days ago

Good ‘ol AA… never scared to mix it up!! I think most of the other GMs are proceeding with extreme caution because of the new CBA and extra Wild Card. I’m sure Kenny Williams will make another move before it’s all said and done as well.

Becky Lee
3 years 13 days ago

darn the cards can’t beat up on Happ anymore lol

3 years 13 days ago

Haha. Is that the right Carlos Perez??? Click the link. He hasn’t pitched since 2000 and he 41.

3 years 13 days ago

No. Catcher with 22 doubles in 71 games at Lansing.

haymaker9
3 years 13 days ago

I saw that too and had to do a double-take when I saw he is 41 y/o and hasn’t pitched in a decade! LOL Pretty common name though, so it’s safe to say it is a different, much younger guy.

nm344
3 years 13 days ago

most boring 10 player trade in history.

3 years 13 days ago

I’ll take this kind of boring every time.

Casor_Greener
3 years 13 days ago

Garbage in Garbage Out

3 years 13 days ago

Joe Sheehan got it right on Twitter: “The TOR/HOU trade is the most ‘we’re bored and there are no girls around’ trade since I was a teenager playing Strat with my friends.”

sdsuphilip
3 years 13 days ago

Musgrove is a nice projectable arm with good upside, Asher Wojciechowski is probably a decent reliever down the road.

bigpat
3 years 13 days ago

I knew this trade was happening all along, easy one to predict…

richardb21
3 years 13 days ago

I wake up every day thankful for a GM like Luhnow. 3 guys who didn’t have much of a future in HOU for any amount of prospects is fine with me. Even though I don’t know much about these prospects I know TOR has a deep system. Hope they pan out.

3 years 13 days ago

He stocked the Cardinals system. He is going to be a very good GM.

3 years 13 days ago

This is a really good haul. Perez is was massively blocked by arencebia and d’arnaud. Musgrove is a high ceiling arm drafted last year. Wojo is a top 10 for the blue jays, guy with a good fastball and change up out of college. I dont know anything about Rollins though

mozelpuffski
3 years 13 days ago

rollins has most upside imo of all these players – asher has falling off the depth chart for jays (maybe 20th? now)

suhiscrazierthanyou
3 years 13 days ago

Settle down, Perez had 2 or 3 catchers in front of him. Musgrove might be a top 15 Jays pitching prospect. WoJo is repeating A-ball

Travis Graham
3 years 13 days ago

I think that the Astros get the up on this one due to the young arms we are getting. If they do not work out in the long run it is not like we gave up too much for them. Overall, as an Astros fan I am pleased with this trade.

EightMileCats
3 years 13 days ago

Wonder who the possibilities for the PtbNL are… Any Toronto fans have any ideas?

$26912653
3 years 13 days ago

Probably a bat from Low A

PeterJMoss
3 years 13 days ago

I’d guess not much… the Rasmus deal had a few PTBNL in it and it ended up just being cash sent to the Cards.

3 years 13 days ago

Given what we got back in this trade, hopefully cash.

mozelpuffski
3 years 13 days ago

cash – we gave 100k for carlos v – 50k is the minimum allowed for a ptbnl