HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have acquired closer Francisco Cordero and outfielder Ben Francisco as part of a 10-player trade with Toronto.
Houston will also receive four minor leaguers in the deal — right-handed pitchers Joe Musgrove and Asher Wojciechowski, left-handed pitcher David Rollins, catcher Carlos Perez and a player to be named later. The Blue Jays will receive pitchers Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and David Carpenter from Houston.
Cordero has 329 career saves, second among active players to the New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera (608). In 794 career relief appearances, the 37-year-old Cordero has a 3.28 ERA and has reached 40 or more saves in three seasons. Cordero is 3-5 with two saves in 41 appearances for Toronto this season.
Francisco is hitting .244 in 23 games for Toronto in 2012.