BASEBALL — 20 July 2012

The Toronto Blue Jays have made a move to address their pitching situation and have added some much needed depth. They acquired three new pitching arms from the Houston Astros in a trade involving 10-players.

Joining the Toronto roster is left-handed starter and reliever J.A. Happ, right-handed reliever Brandon Lyon and right-handed reliever David Carpenter. Toronto will be parting ways with outfielder Ben Francisco, right-handed reliever Francisco Cordero, minor-league right-hander Asher Wojciechowski, minor league left-hander Joe Musgrave, minor-league left-hander David Rollins, minor league catcher Carlos Perez and a player to be named later.

Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said the following in regards to the deal:”I know there’s a lot of players involved in this deal,” he said during a Friday conference call. “I think it looks like a greater deal because of the quantity of players, but at the end of the day we gave up some guys in a-ball we think have the chance to be alright and we got some much needed depth for us that can help for the current year and moving forward.”

In the recent weeks the Jays have been under pressure to address their pitching situation after losing three of the starters (Kyle Drabek, Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchinson plus reliever Luis Perex – all to long term injuries).

“I guy like David Carpenter is someone we liked last year,” said Anthopoulos. “He’s a guy with pretty good arm strength. Again, he’s got some upside, ability to control him, options. We’re always looking to get some young relievers with options.”





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