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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.
Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.
Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.