HOUSTON Too often the simple math gets lost in the transactions, misplaced in the numerous names coming and going, in the research of prospects commissioned to help the Astros restock their farm system.
The most basic numbers can be obscured by walk rate and FIP and WAR, leaving the door ajar for second-guessing that is more paralysis by analysis than anything substantive. Sometimes it's full of folly to view trades with an overwrought perspective, to bemoan how little a young right-hander has accomplished over just two professional seasons.
What should be most apparent is this: Over the course of three weeks, Astros first-year general manager Jeff Luhnow has parlayed three veterans with no futures in Houston, a middling reliever lacking consistency, and a largely disappointing left-hander approaching 30 years old into 10 prospects. Ponder those facts before delving deeply into resignation.
At minimal risk Luhnow enhanced the possibility for reward by assigning another crop of p...