What the shit. Jays get J.A. Happ (???), Brandon Lyon, and David Carpenter. Travis Snider has been recalled. What the fuck.
To Houston, Ben Francisco, Francisco Cordero, and prospects Asher Wojciechowski, Joe Musgrove, David Rollins and Carlos Perez.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) July 20, 2012
Where to start with this trade? The Jays sell low on Wojciechowki, currently repeating High-A with the Dunedin Blue Jays. Carlos Perez had a fair share of promise attached to his name but now he too is gone.
The Jays get immediate bullpen help and a back of the rotation arm to help the team get through the season, I guess. This is a massive pile of nothing going for a few pieces a long, long way from the big leagues and two end of the bench roster fillers. Weird. So weird.
Asher Wojciechowski is the name sure to make hardcore Blue Jays fan wince. The big right-hander came into this season as the Jays number 10 ranked prospect according to Baseball America, down from number six in 2011. Some of the bloom returned to the rose in recent weeks as Asher really started putting together some much better starts. According to Marc Hulet of Fangraphs, many of Woj’s struggles linked directly to an attempt by the club to tinker with his mechanics.
Carlos Perez was also repeating a level, putting up strong numbers in his second go-round with the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League. Considering the amount of talent ahead of him on the depth chart, it is a little difficult to see where he fit into the Jays plans. Then again, catchers fall apart faster than Ikea furniture and are only good for one move.
Francisco Cordero and Ben Francisco are worlds apart in terms of their practical value but not a single Blue Jays fan will shed a single tear over their respective departures. Fare thy well, gents. May we all forget your names by the end of next week.
On the Jays side, they get a competent reliever in the final year of his contract. Thanks to the new CBA, he won’t bring the comp pick that AA used to covet so dearly.
J.A. Happ is bad. At least he used to be, his numbers this season aren’t awful and he remains under control until 2015. He is the NL Central version of
Ricky Romero Brett Cecil, a fly ball lefty who gives up a few too many home runs while missing too few bats.
Bear with me as I talk myself into Happ, but he looks like a different guy this year. Well, his Fangraphs page looks different. Way more ground balls, way more swinging strikes. Sure, the whiffs are still below average but he is headed in a somewhat positive direction. More than we can say about some of the competing arms in the Blue Jays current rotation mix.
David Carpenter is a live arm with poor control. He could be the next Josh Roenicke or he could be the next…Brandon Lyon? Carpenter is a Luhnow favorite so this caused some pain in the Houston FO. Misses bats and strike zones in equal measure. Guys like this always find jobs. Always. John Lott reports this guy finds his job to be in Vegas for now.
This seems like a gamble by AA to improve the team in the short term, banking on Woj, Perez and the rest never amounting to much. Astros new GM Jeffrey Luhnow is the former scouting director for the Cardinals and a man with whom one does not trifle.
The Travis Snider angle is a whole ‘nother ballgame. Is he now the starting left fielder? Are Gose and Davis a platoon? What does this have to do with Brett Lawrie? I JUST WANT SOME DAMN ANSWERS. SOMEBODY WAKE STOETEN, I DON’T HAVE IT IN ME.
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