The suspended closer was dealt to the Houston Astros Monday in a stunning deal that shocked Blue Jays and Astros fans alike…
As Blue Jays fans continue to recover from what has been an exhilarating afternoon, more details have surfaced on the Roberto Osuna trade, and both teams have made the trade official, with both issuing releases summarizing the shocking swap.
All in all, the Jays traded Osuna for RHP Ken Giles, minor league pitchers Hector Perez and David Paulino. Perez was ranked as Houston’s No. 10 prospect, while Paulino was ranked as their No. 23 prospect, per MLB Pipeline.
Surprisingly, the Blue Jays appear to have gotten a lot in return for Osuna, who will appear in court with the intention of pleading not guilty to assault charges on August 1st. Long considered a tainted and controversial trade chip, the Blue Jays have turned an organizational conundrum into three legitimate pitchers with major upside.
Giles, 27, was a seventh-round pick of the Phillies in 2011 and was traded to the Astros in 2015 for a package headlined by former first overall pick Mark Appel. For his career, Giles has pitched to a cumulative 2.72 ERA in 274.2 innings, with 77 career saves and a record of 12-14.
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His best season came last year, where he saved 34 games for the Astros and struck out 83 batters in just 62.2 innings. With a WHIP of 1.037 in 2017, he was worth 1.9 WAR.
Perez, 22, is a right-handed flamethrower with a 3.73 ERA in 89.1 innings this year, split between High-A Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi. Lauded for his excellent breaking pitches, the native of the Dominican Republic has also been praised for his electric fastball.
Paulino, a former top prospect, saw his stock drop considerably following a suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Still, the 24-year-old righty has a generous scouting report that highlights his plus fastball and tremendous control and poise on the mound.
Having appeared briefly in the majors, Paulino has pitched to a 6.25 ERA in 36.0 innings, striking out 36 and walking 10. With a record of 2-0, he’s appeared in a total of nine major league contests.
At first glance, this trade appears to be a clear win for the Blue Jays. In addition to acquiring some stellar pitchers, they’ve ridden themselves of the enigmatic case of Roberto Osuna. More analysis and thoughts to come, so keep it here for more of the latest.