The Houston Astros took on Monday the disabled helper Roberto Osuna of the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a package containing the former Astros pursuer Ken Giles.
Minor league pitchers Hector Perez, 22, and David Paulino, 24, are also went to Toronto in the deal. According to MLB.com, Paulino had been number 3 before banning 80 games for a PED injury in Houston. He has since fallen to number 23. Perez is the number 10 Astros, according to MLB.com.
Osuna, 23, is scheduled to play in the major leagues after Sunday's suspension of 75 major matches in League Baseball's domestic violence policy. He has had six scoreless one-on-one appearances for minors since July 14, the last three at Triple-A.
Osuna has not hit the majors since May 6, two days before he took office, charged with a count of the attack in Toronto ̵
"That was exceptionally difficult," said Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins during a conference call. "… This was a negotiated agreement between Major League Baseball and the Players' Association
"The thing to remember here is that the details did not come to light … Obviously, I've said some pretty seditious things about such things in the past and I stand by my words, "said Verlander.
The Astros held a team meeting ahead of Monday's game in Seattle, which was about" maintaining a winning mindset and avoiding distractions, " Verlander said, "We do not know much about the details. I did not really notice [Osuna’s case] for obvious reasons. It was not really in my life. It is now.
"This will likely be a personal thing that stays in the locker room and is not publicly discussed as these things are."
Osuna is 0-0 with nine saves and 15 strikeouts in 15⅓ innings this season, after an All-Star 2017 season in which he went 3-4 with 39 saves and a 3.38 ERA.
The right-handed would be eligible to throw in the postseason, unlike players this year under drug policy suspended, as Mariner's second baseman Robinson Cano, who is unjustified.
Osuna lost 89-day salary, which comes to 2,536,022 from its $ 5.3 million salary, and the suspension delayed its vacancy for one year until after the 2021 season.
"We are excited to welcome Roberto Osuna in our team, "said Astros general manager and president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow in a news release." We are confident that Osuna is remorseful, has purposely obeyed all the consequences of his previous behavior, has actively participated in the consultation and our zero tolerance policy regarding the abuse of
"Roberto has some great character characters in our existing clubhouse, which we believe will help him if he and his family make a fresh start and continue with the Houston Astros. We look forward to Osuna's contributions as we move into the first round of the season. "
In a statement issued by Houston, Osuna said," I am pleased to join the Houston Astros and make a fresh start to my career. The positive nature of my new teammates is a big reason for their success and I look forward to making a positive contribution to this great group of guys as we work towards many more winning seasons. Thanks to Jeff Luhnow and the entire Astros organization for believing in me – I will not let them down. "
Osuna has been closer to the Blue Jays since 2015.
" The due diligence at our front office was unprecedented. We are confident that Osuna is remorseful, has intentionally fulfilled all of the consequences associated with his past behavior, has actively participated in the consultation, and fully complies with our zero tolerance policy on abuse of any kind. "
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow
Giles, 27, is this season's 0-2 with 12 saves and a 4.99 ERA in 30 innings and was in the minors
Giles hit his face this season The Dugout, after giving up a three-run, ninth-inning homer to Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees on May 1st. He was assigned to Triple-A Fresno on July 11, one night after the hard-throwing righty cursed manager AJ Hinch as he lifted him out of the game.
Atkins said Giles has shown "that he is ready to be responsible for these actions."
"It's unfortunate," said the GM. "I'm sure that helped make it available."
Giles had 34 saves in 38 chances with an ERA of 2.30 and 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings for the Astros last season. De.guildwars.com/press/article/jeffgc2007 / In the postseason, he posted two runs in three innings against Boston, giving up three more runs The loss in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series against the Yankees and dropped five runs in a pairing World Series appearances against the Los Angeles Dodgers
Giles stepped into Game 4 of the World Series in the ninth tied with the game at 1 and allowed all three battles he reached over base. Giles took the loss and did not reappear in
Giles has a salary of $ 4.6 million and can get a free agency after the 2020 season.
Paulino is 2-1 with a 6.25 ERA in nine games with the Astros this year and has a 4.67 ERA in seven games for Triple-A Fresno and the beginner Gulf Coast League Astros.
Perez saves 3-4 with two and a 3.73 ERA in 21 games in Class A Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi.
"This gave the organization a baseball perspective," Atkins said. "We had the opportunity to trade Roberto for three players who inspire us."
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.