The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros pulled off the first big move before the trade deadline. The two teams engaged in a trade that saw ten players change uniforms. The Astros picked up seven players: Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, Joe Musgrove, Asher Wojciechowski, David Rollins, Carlos Perez,and a player to be named later. The Blue Jays landed JA Happ, Brandon Lyon, and David Carpenter.
Well, you can’t blame the teams for trying something exciting. The Blue Jays helped shore up the bullpen issues that they had by picking up some major league arms. The Astros pick up a ton of minor leaguers, which can only help rebuild their farm system. This sounds like a pretty good trade from both ends if you ask me.
Ten player trades certainly are not the norm in baseball. If they do happen, they tend to involve a big name or two. There aren’t really a lot of name players moving in this trade. Then again, sometimes the best trades involve people that you do not know. The Toronto Blue Jays may have given up a bunch of players in this deal, but they brought back guys who can contribute now. That’s the key thing.
The trade deadline is slowly inching closer so more deals are going to start popping up. I doubt that they end up being ten player deals like this one, but we can only hope. If they do end up like this, it will be a wild deadline.