Let’s make a deal.
Early Friday morning the Astros made a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that involved a total of nine players, with a 10th player to be sent to Houston at a later date.
Jeff Luhnow and company are in the middle of a complete rebuild, restocking their farm system and preparing for the future. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays find themselves in the midst of the playoff race, benefitting from a second wild card spot added this year.
Toronto will benefit from their acquisition of J.A. Happ (LHP, 7-9, 4.83) as a player who (will begin stint with Blue Jays in the bullpen) can be inserted into a starting rotation struggling with injuries. Also acquired in the deal are Brandon Lyon, who the Jays believe will benefit from a change of scenery and can be inserted into the bullpen as well as David Carpenter who will likely start in Triple A.
As for the Astros, their value came in bolstering their minor league depth, specifically in the 11-20 range.
Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski profiles as a future reliever as scouts question his velocity and the fact he doesn’t have an above average pitch.
Carlos Perez provides much needed depth at catcher in an organization that is lacking in that area.
RHP Joseph Musgrove has high potential and also profiles as a future reliever. He is only 19 and does have the frame to potentially be a starter but has had minor shoulder issues that the Astros will need to keep tabs on.
The final prospect is LHP David Rollins. He has compiled a 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 18 starts with Class A Lansing this year for Toronto.
Also included in the deal is OF Ben Francisco who I do not believe will play a huge role for the Astros as well as reliever Francisco Cordero. Many experts view their inclusion in the deal as a way to balance out salaries/clear roster spots in Toronto.
Cordero at this point is expected to take over the 8th inning role and both could be involved in possible deals before the deadline.
My analysis is both teams win in this deal. Toronto has help to chase down a playoff berth, and Houston continues to stock pile their prospects for what is shaping up to be an extremely promising future.