[Edit: The trade fell through, presumably because Philadelphia found something they didn’t like in the physical. This isn’t exactly good news.]
Last night, I was looking at our 40-man roster and I said to myself, “Self, there’s no way Wilton Lopez finishes 2012 as an Astro.”
Then I woke up to this:
I did expect Lopez to begin the season as an Astro, but I guess it’s not to be. Obviously, until we know who we got in return, it’s impossible to evaluate this trade on any level.
Luhnow clearly realizes that to have waited to trade Lopez, he risked him having a bad season or, worse, getting injured. You know his value right now, so it’s a reasonable time to deal him.