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Astros to receive two prospects for Lance Berkman

Jul 30, 2010, 9:24 PM EDT

Astros reportedly to receive right-hander Mark Melancon and infielder Jimmy Paredes for Lance Berkman.

Here’s the haul from the Yankees. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, who
has been on top of this trade all along, the Astros will receive
right-hander Mark Melancon and infielder Jimmy Paredes.

Melancon, 25, is 6-1 with a 3.67 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 40 games with
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. He was ranked as the
organization’s No. 15 prospect coming into the season by Baseball
America, but has struggled with his control, walking five batters per
nine innings. The former ninth-round pick in 2006 has a 4.87 ERA in 15
major league appearances, all in relief.

Paredes, 21, has a .280/.313/.393 batting line over four seasons in the
minors. He plays all around the infield and has stolen 36 bases in 99
games with Single-A Charleston this season. He didn’t rank inside
Baseball America’s top 30 for the organization coming into the season.

All in all, pretty uninspiring. Considering the fact that the Astros are
paying anywhere from 3-4 million of the $7.5 million left on Berkman’s
deal, even more so.

  1. nps6724 - Jul 30, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    So the Astros have lost Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman and about $10 million for…JA Happ and 4 moderately decent minor leaguers. Ed Wade should be fired yesterday.

  2. Pisano - Jul 31, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Don’t be too upset , this Melancon could be a diamond in the rough . I’ve seen him the last two years with the Yankees , he has good stuff , and a strong arm . As usual they didn’t give him enough time to develop . He would be up from the minors , and a week later he’d be put back in the minors . Down the road you might be glad they got him .

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