What Elias did in Houston eventually lead to the Astros 'success'. Well, that is now tainted.
Of course, also signing Justin Verlander didn't hurt in the process. That always seems to get overlooked.
Well, before they signed him... they traded for him. And they were able to trade for him because 1) They had built up the depth and talent necessary for that type of acquisition, and 2) Verlander was willing to go there (believe he had no-trade, maybe I'm remembering wrong), and 3) Had built their payroll flexibility to the point where they could take on his contract.