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.
The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.
Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:
I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.
In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.
“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”
Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.
For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.