Originally written July 20, 2012 on Reading Between The Seams:
ESPN has reported that the Astros and Blue Jays have completed a deal involving 10 players. The main guys being exchanged are Francisco Cordero now going to the Astros, and J.A. Happ now goings to the Blue Jays. The other players going to Houston are Ben Francisco, the Astros love their Franciscos, and four minor league players. Those players being Joe Musgrove, Asher Wojciechowski, David Rollins, Carlos Perez, and a player that will be named later. To go along with Happ, the Jays receive Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter. Houston has always had one of the worst minor league systems, and that’s with one of the worst teams in baseball. So they’re making up for it with trades like this. While Toronto is simply just trying to make a push for that second wild card in the American League East by adding another pitcher. Though losing your closer might not be the way to go there. Are they throwing in the towel? As of now they sit 3.5 back of the Wild Card and they’re in last place in the American League East. This certainly shows the parity in baseball right now. I’m sure this was just the Blue Jays attempting to get a piece they wanted in the Roy Halladay deal a few years back with the Phillies. Remember when Happ was in Philadelphia? This looks like a good deal for both sides as of now.
 ”This is a very good deal for us,” Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “Once again, we are adding depth to our minor-league system with quality young players. We really feel this will help us moving forward and are extremely excited about the players we’ve added to our organization.”
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