Friday, July 20, 2012

Astros make 10-player mega-deal with Toronto

WHOA. Apparently Jeff Luhnow was as pissed about last night's loss as the rest of us. This morning the Astros announced a 10-player trade with Toronto. Gone to the Blue Jays are:

LHP J.A. Happ
RHP Brandon Lyon
RHP David Carpenter

Coming back to the Astros:

RHP Francisco Cordero
OF Ben Francisco
RHP Joseph Musgrove
RHP Asher Wojciechowski
LHP David Rollins
C Carlos Perez
...and a PTBNL

The first two are Major League pieces; the rest are minor leaguers, although Clark Goble points out that three of them were among Toronto's top 11 prospects.

Francisco Cordero is a three-time All-Star closer, though he's 37 now and his best days are behind him. He has a 5.77 ERA in 34.1 IP this season.

Ben Francisco is a 30-year-old corner outfielder known to Astros fans primarily as a Phillie from 2009-2011. He has a .240/.296/.380 line in 50 major-league ABs this season.

Joseph Musgrove, Toronto's #11 prospect, is a right-handed starter and was a supplemental first-round pick last season. He 19 years old, with a 1.12 ERA in two games (one start) for Rookie-league Bluefield.

Asher Wojciechowski, Toronto's #10 prospect, is also a right-handed starter and was a supplemental first-round pick in 2010. He's 23 years old, 7-3 with a 3.57 ERA in 18 starts for high-A Dunedin.

David Rollins, 22, is a lefty starter out of San Jacinto College North, drafted in the 24th round last year. He's 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 18 starts for Class A Lansing this year.

Carlos Perez, Toronto's #8 prospect, is a 21-year-old catcher from Venezuela. He posted a .275/.358/.447 line with 5 HR and 40 RBI in 273 ABs for Class A Lansing.

Much more on this to come later, I'm certain...