The Blue Jays have acquired left-handed reliever Raul Valdes from the Astros in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Valdes was designated for assignment by the Astros earlier this month after allowing five runs on five hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. The 36-year-old cleared waivers and eventually accepted an assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He has a 3.48 ERA and 13/1 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level this year.
Valdes hasn’t enjoyed much success in the majors since 2012 as a member of the Phillies, but he’s another option for a bullpen which ranks 28th in the majors with a 5.28 ERA.
Update (7:00 PM ET): The MLBPA announces that the deadline has been extended 24 hours while MLB and NPB continue to negotiate a new agreement for the posting system. The new deadline is 8 PM ET on Tuesday.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.