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Blue Jays acquire Royals pitcher Sean O’Sullivan

Jun 21, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

Sean O'Sullivan AP

With injuries costing them a huge chunk of their pitching depth, the Blue Jays picked up right-hander Sean O’Sullivan from the Royals for cash considerations on Thursday.

O’Sullivan, 24, was 5-4 with a 6.75 ERA and a 26/23 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings for Triple-A Omaha this season. He’s gone 10-14 with a 6.13 ERA in 34 starts and nine relief appearances as a major leaguer.

The Royals picked O’Sullivan up two years ago from the Angels in the Alberto Callaspo deal. At the time, there was still some hope he’d be able to make it as a fourth or fifth starter. No one really believes that any longer, though.

  1. jwbiii - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I’m not so sure he counts as pitching “help,” but he was probably cheap and the Royals need to be taking longer looks at their younger pitchers with more upside.

    • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Oh, and they filled their 40 man when claimed David Pauley off waivers, so they’ll have to DFA someone or move someone (Drabek?) to the 60 day DL.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        He’s not on the 40-man, so unless they intend to call him up (and I don’t think that’s the immediate plan), no move is required.

      • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        Damn. Should have gone with RotoWorld.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    I am sure that this guy is going to Triple A Las Vegas. The Jays had to call up some pitchers from Triple A and need some arms to replace them.

    • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Oh, definitely going to Las Vegas, I just thought that he had been optioned and not outrighted at the end of spring training.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    It is a slow news day without many games; otherwise, Matthew would not have bothered to write up this story.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      At HardballTalk, every story is our most important story.

      (except for this one)

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Pauley has been added to the pen and Carreno has been sent back to Vegas. I wonder if either Villanueva or Perez will be promoted from the pen to the rotation.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    great news, the jays just added another batting practice pitcher, well when you dont have the cash or anything that anyone wants you get the bottom crust that nobody wants. Enjoy!

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    A pitcher to watch in the Jays farm system is John Stilson who was a third round draft pick in 2011. Stilson was rated as a first round talent but fell to the third round due to a torn labrum. He did not pitch after his injury in May of 2011. He started 2012 in high Single A Dunedin and has just been moved up to the Double A team in NH. The Jays will be careful with him and still need to build up his arm. He was a SS in high school and has only pitched for 3 years. As much as I would like to see him in the majors ASAP, I expect that they will be careful with his development and will limit his innings.

  7. - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    I’m a little behind the curve. But I was so glad to hear about this. Have fun Beaver Men.

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