Blue Jays Osuna Baseball
AP Photo/Jason Behnken

Astros, Blue Jays swap Ken Giles, Roberto Osuna

7 Comments

Update (5:53 PM ET): The trade is official. The “more” the Jays are getting along with Giles is David Paulino and Hector Perez.

Paulino, 24, has a 6.25 ERA in 36 major league innings between 2016-17. The right-hander was suspended 80 games last summer after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing drug. Paulino has pitched only 27 total innings in the minor leagues this year due to a shoulder injury. Paulino was the Astros’ No. 3 prospect last year but fell to No. 23 this year, according to MLB Pipeline.

Perez, 22, is the Astros’ No. 10 prospect, per MLB Pipeline. This year, between High-A Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi, Perez posted a 3.73 ERA with a 101/48 K/BB ratio in 89 1/3 innings across 13 starts and eight relief appearances.

*

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros have acquired reliever Roberto Osuna in exchange for reliever Ken Giles and more.

Osuna, 23, is in the midst of serving a 75-game suspension for a domestic violence incident in May. At the time of his suspension, Osuna had saved nine games with a 2.93 ERA and a 13/1 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings. He is currently on a rehab assignment and will be eligible to return from his suspension on August 5.

Giles, 27, has struggled to a 4.99 ERA despite a 31/3 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings this year. His struggles have resulted in him, on at least one occasion, punching himself in the face. Giles has been at Triple-A Fresno since July 11.

Osuna is owed the remainder of his $5.3 million salary for this season and has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining. Giles also has two more years of arbitration eligibility left and is earning $4.6 million this season.

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

Getty Images
2 Comments

The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.