Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/21/12
The Houston Astros shook up their roster in a major way Friday, trading pitchers Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and David Carpenter to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for reliever Francisco Cordero, outfielder Ben Francisco and five prospects. This was no longer the dump of an expiring contract that Carlos Lee was or the trade of a player due to make big bucks like some of their trades in previous years' demolitions. This was trading big-league value in order to push the timeline even further back in a rebuild meant to help later this decade. "We're talking about picking up five minor league players that we like, and we've got to give some value to get some value," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. While Lyon's deal is up at the end of this season, that money is offset by the hit they're taking in acquiring Cordero's contract. Cordero will also take Lyon's number and his late-inning setup role in front of closer Brett Myers. In Happ, the Astros were giving up a player in his firs...
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