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Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays pulled off a 10 player trade with the Houston Astros, causing many people to speculate as to whether or not they will go into full blown sellers mode leading up to the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline. Considering what they gave up, as well as what they received in return, the early indications are still unclear.
The Blue Jays will receive RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP J.A. Happ and RHP David Carpenter from the Astros. Lyon will go directly into Toronto’s bullpen, and Carpenter could become the team’s future closer. Happ should also expect to be inserted into the Blue Jays’ starting rotation, although he has failed to live up to expectations after being dealt from the Philadelphia Phillies last year.
The Astros will receive seven players from the Blue Jays, most notably RHP Francisco Cordero and OF Ben Francisco. Houston also gets four minor league players as well as a player to be named later. The four minor leaguers include RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP David Rollins and C Carlos Perez. Cordero has struggled since joining Toronto this season, and Francisco has also been another inconsistent prospect who was also once part of the Phillies’ organization.
As for the minor league players the Astros will receive, Musgrove and Wojcichowski were Toronto’s top two compensatory picks in the 2010 and 2011 MLB Drafts, respectively. Both have been impressive in the minors, as has Rollins over the past couple of seasons. Perez has bounced around the minors for five years now.
But it is still too early to tell whether the Blue Jays are through trading, or if they will sell off a few more major league players before the deadline. They are falling further in the American League East standings, and they do not appear poised to make a run at the wild card spots either, especially with Jose Bautista going on the disabled list.
While Toronto would not trade some of the players, most notably Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion or a few of their young starting pitchers, certain players such as J.P. Arencibia, Kelly Johnson or Darren Oliver could draw the interest of a few teams looking to improve their roster as the season progresses.
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