SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 16: Starting pitcher J.A. Happ # 30 of the Houston Astros throws the ball in the 1st inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on July 16, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
Blue Jays swng 10-play deal with Astros. They get JA Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter.— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) July 20, 2012
In the trade, the Blue Jays send seven players to the Astros, including right-hander Francisco Cordero, outfielder Ben Francisco, minor league right-handers Joseph Musgrove and Asher Wojciechowski, minor league left-handers David Rollins, and minor league backstop Carlos Perez along with a player to be named later.
In exchange for this haul of players, the Blue Jays receive right-handed relievers Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter along with left-handed starting pitcher J.A. Happ from the Astros.
Buster Olney of ESPN spoke with a talent evaluator who says there are no “game-changers” involved in the trade. He added that Musgrove “is the best of the prospects.”
Rival evaluator on the TOR/HOU trade: "There are no game-changers in this deal and Musgrove is the best of the prospects."— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 20, 2012
The Astros will need a starting pitcher to take Happ’s spot in their rotation, and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle thinks Dallas Keuchel would be “fine rest-wise” to takeover.
Dallas Keuchel would be fine rest-wise to take J.A. Happ's rotation spot, but nothing official yet.— Zachary Levine (@zacharylevine) July 20, 2012
On the Blue Jays end, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports notes that the trade finally opens up a spot for former top prospect Travis Snider in Toronto.
What are your thoughts on this massive trade?