Former Houston Astros pitchers J.A. Happ and Brandon Lyon were caught off guard on Friday when they received the news that they had been sent to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of a 10-player trade.
"Surprised," Happ said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "I thought I was a part of this thing going forward. I thought I would be an asset to the organization in that sense.
"I can say this, I appreciate the fans in Houston that have always been good to me. We've had some difficult times there, but I appreciate them and just looking forward to going to a team that hopefully wants me obviously with the trade."
Happ was 7-9 with the Astros this season, with a 4.83 ERA.
"It's kind of my second time going through it," Happ said."It's a matter of picking everything up and trying to put it back down, without trying to mess with what's been working. There's a new cast of characters, new team, but hopefully we can get along well. I don't see why we wouldn't."
The Astros acquired Happ in 2010 as part of the deal that sent Roy Oswalt to the Philadelhia Phillies.
He said the experience of going through being traded before does help, sort of.
"I suppose so," Happ said. "It really doesn't make it that much easier.
"I guess just having that experience and realizing it's part of the business."
In Happ's last start for the Astros, in a 2-0 win over the San Diego Padres, he worked 6.1 innings, giving up four hits, with one walk and four strikeouts.
"It's hard to give up Happ, especially coming off an outstanding outing on Monday against San Diego," said Jeff Luhnow, Astros general manager, in a conference call on Friday with the media. "He's shown at times this year why he was a great pitcher in Philadelphia and at times a great pitcher with us.
"He's still young and he's still under control and there's a lot of value there, but when we're talking about picking up five minor league players that we like, obviously we have to give some value to get some value. We felt like that was the piece that was necessary in order to get what we got."
Lyon is in the last year of a three-year/$15 million contract.
"Came as a shock early in the morning today, now I'm just kind of settling in with it," Lyon said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
"Obviously, the situation Houston's in right now, everybody kind of had a feeling that it could come to this with anybody right now.
"Everybody knows the situation Houston's in right now and the rebuilding and trying to get whatever they can for the future, and me being in the last year of my contract I understand making moves like this and what they want to do to try and better themselves in the future."
After signing as a free agent in 2010, Lyon had a solid year as the Astros closer.
That season he was 6-6, with 20 saves in 22 opportunites, with a 3.12 ERA.
Lyon's work last year was cut short because of injuries.
This season he was 0-2 with the Astros, with a 3.25 ERA IN 37 appearances.
"Being around a little bit, and going through stuff like this, it gets a little bit easier, but it's never really easy," Lyon said.
"Obviously, you want to move forward and try to focus on what you can do tomorrow and not worry about the past. It's time to move on and hopefully I can help the team win some games."