The Astros have traded 34-year old switch hitting 1B Lance Berkman and $4 million bucks to the Yankees for 25-year old righty reliever Mark Melancon and 21-year old switch hitting 2B/3B/SS Jimmy Paredes. Berkman played in 85 games for the Astros this season and he was 73 of 298 (.245 avg, .808 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 13 homers and 49 RBIs. He played in 1,592 games in his 12 years with the Astros and he was 1,648 of 5,560 (.296 avg, .959 OPS) with 1,008 runs scored, 326 homers, 1,090 RBIs and 82 stolen bases. The Astros will likely bring Mark Melancon right up to work out of the bullpen. He was the Yankees’ #15 prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. Melancon has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) in the last two years for the Yankees and he is 0-1 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He has pitched in 40 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year and he was 6-1 with 6 saves, a 3.67 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. Jimmy Paredes has played in 99 games in A-ball this season and he is 114 of 404 (.282 avg, .721 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 5 homers, 48 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. He has now played in 265 games in four years in the minors and he is 290 of 1,036 (.280 avg, .706 OPS) with 149 runs scored, 10 homers, 122 RBIs and 70 stolen bases. This was not much of a haul for Lance Berkman especially with the Astros kicking in $4 million bucks.