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 first year of arbitration eligibility, while Carpenter only has one year of service time and is even younger baseball-wise. He converted to pitching in 2008.

The blockbuster deal is part of the process for Luhnow, who was tasked with rebuilding the farm system and is doing so at seemingly any cost to the major league roster.

"We're very excited about the prospects we're getting back and felt like this was a deal that we needed to do to further our mission in Houston, which is to develop the best young talent in baseball," Luhnow said.

None of the prospects acquired has played a game in Class AA yet. The list includes pitchers Asher Wojciechowski, David Rollins and Joe Musgrove and catcher Carlos Perez. There is also a player to be named that is expected to be announced by the end of August.

Wojciechowski, 23, was 7-3 with a 3.57 ERA in 18 starts for high Class A Dunedin.

Rollins, 22, had gone 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 18 starts for low Class A Lancaster.

Musgrove, 19, had appeared in just two games rookie-level Bluefield, allowing one run in eight innings. He was a supplemental first-round draft pick last year.

Perez, 21, was hitting .275 with a .358 on-base percentage, a .447 slugging percentage, five homers and 40 RBI in 71 games for Lancaster.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Knicks have ‘real chance’ at Russell Westbrook

No. 1 Villanova reaches new heights under Jay Wright

Twitter, Facebook report engagement decline during Super Bowl

Steve Spurrier becomes special assistant to South Carolina AD

Brent Musberger wants you to bet on Joe Lunardi’s bracketology

Unranked Duke uses big first half to beat No.13 Louisville

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

MLB reportedly close to rule preventing collisions at second base

USOC says athletes concern about Zika shouldn't attend Games

Von Miller shares support for embattled Johnny Manziel

The Panthers had to use a silent snap count at the Super Bowl

Report: Lakers would fire Byron Scott to hire Luke Walton

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Ten storylines to watch heading into spring training

Seahawks release awesome Marshawn Lynch tribute video

WATCH: Alleged LeSean McCoy fight video surfaces

Daniel Bryan says goodbye to WWE during teary retirement speech

Paul George delivers great line about driving by Kobe Bryant

WATCH: Oklahoma beats Texas on Buddy Hield's 3-pointer

Andre Drummond hits 70-foot buzzer beater to end 3rd quarter

Duke's Allen appears to intentionally trip Louisville's Spaulding

Candidates for New York Knicks head coaching job

Attorney alleges Johnny Manziel ruptured ex-girlfriend's eardrum

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

Lisa Ann wants to reward Emmanuel Sanders for Super Bowl win

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to announce retirement

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker