The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros have hooked up for a monster trade that sees the Astros give up starter J.A. Happ, reliever Brandon Lyon who returns to where his career began, and minor league relief pitcher David Carpenter in exchange for Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, Asher Wojciechowski, David Rollins, Joe Musgrove, Carlos Perez and a player to be named later.
Looking at this trade from the outside, it looks to me that the Jays lost on this deal, but we all have to remember, minor league players have no major league track record and are essentially unproven commodities who may or may not reach their potential in the big leagues.
The move also opens up a spot on the roster for Travis Snider, who was told to report to Boston where the Jays play the Red Sox tonight at 7 p.m.
Happ, 29, is 7-9 with a 4.83 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with the Astros. His best season was in 2009 when he was 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with the Philadelphia Phillies. His career record is 32-33 with a 4.16 ERA and 1.40 WHIP.
Happ brings another left-handed arm to the Jays who will start for them eventually. If he can recover his Phillies form, Happ could be a great buy-low option for the Jays. Right now though, Happ will come out of the pen.
Lyon, 32, is a veteran reliever who has an 0-2 record, 3.25 ERA and 1.33 WHIP this season. Over his 11-year career, he has a 36-45 record, 4.17 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.
Lyon, who has had closer experience, will bring some much needed experience to the bullpen.
Carpenter, 27, is 0-2 with a 6.07 ERA in 30 games with Houston this season. He will report to AAA Las Vegas.
Apparently it's not Happ that may be the crowning jewel of the trade, it's Carpenter.
Here are some tweets from some key baseball minds regarding this trade.
Carpenter may be key to 10-player deal for #BlueJays. Late-inning potential, 5 more yrs. of control. Lyon potential FA. Happ 2 more yrs arb.
Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick
Some scouts thinks David Carpenter, acquired by #BlueJays in 10-player trade, has closer potential. "Quality arm,'' says one scout.
Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick
David Carpenter has command issues, but swing and miss stuff. 252 strikeouts in 241 professional IP. #bluejays #astros
In the end, the Blue Jays were able to address some issues they had with this move. The trade also opened up a roster spot for Travis Snider. According to Alex Anthopolous on the FAN 590's Baseball Central radio program, the Jays will get their fill of Anthony Gose and Snider the next couple of weeks. The player who does the best will stick with the club.