HOUSTON Unjust as it was, J.A. Happ became the embodiment of the previous regime, his acquisition a referendum of its inability to accurately appraise talent and secure proper value through trades.
Request of ardent Astros fans their assessment of former general manager Ed Wade and, aside from the misappropriation of funds though questionable free-agent signings, the first criticism oftentimes includes Happ, acquired from the Phillies with infielder Jonathan Villar and outfielder Anthony Gose (who was flipped for infielder Brett Wallace) in exchange for star right-hander Roy Oswalt at the 2010 trading deadline.
Astros fans won't have Happ to denigrate anymore. Interestingly, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow might one day face judgment on what he wrangled in return by trading Happ to the Blue Jays late Thursday night.
As part of a 10-player trade that reaped five minor leaguers, Happ and right-handed relievers Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter were shipped to Toronto. The Astros...