Just a couple of days ago, Brett Myers was a man at the front of a bullpen and Francisco Cordero was a reliever no one wanted.
Two days and two swaps later, Myers is out of a gig — and Cordero all of a sudden has value again.
As first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Astros shipped Myers (and facial hair) to Chicago on Saturday afternoon. The White Sox also receive cash considerations. Houston picks up two minor-league pitchers (right-hander Matt Heidenreich and left-hander Blair Walters) and a player to be named later.
Although rookie closer Addison Reed has two recent blown saves — the latest one courtesy of bat-flippin' Cody Ross on Thursday — the White Sox aren't pulling the plug on him. He's still the stopper in the Second City. Presumably Myers will be the second in command, ready to step in if anything goes awry. In deeper leagues and AL-only formats, okay, there's some value to that. But in any thin mixer, Myers can be safely disposed of for now.
Wilton Lopez probably has a better stat profile to be Houston's new closer, but the Astros are opting for experience as they give Cordero the first chair. Perhaps Houston is simply hoping Cordero can rack up a couple of quick and painless saves, presenting the opportunity for another trade.
Discuss your Chicago and Houston angles in the comments. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride never stops.
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