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Astros acquire left-hander Travis Blackley from Athletics

Apr 4, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT

Travis Blackley AP

The Astros just announced that they have acquired left-hander Travis Blackley from the Athletics in exchange for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert. According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, he is expected to join the active roster tomorrow.

Blackley was designated for assignment by the Athletics last week. The 30-year-old Aussie owns a 5.37 ERA in the majors, but he posted a 3.86 ERA and 69/30 K/BB ratio in 102 2/3 innings over 15 starts and nine relief appearances after coming over from the Giants last season. The Astros are expected to use him as a long reliever initially, but he could be an option for the rotation before long.

Goebbert, a 25-year-old corner outfielder, owns a .285/.363/.431 batting line over four seasons in the minors. Baseball America didn’t include him among the organization’s Top 30 prospects coming into the year.

  1. mcpomaack - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Excellent move by the Astros. Blackley is an outstanding utility bullpen LHP for long middle relief or fill-in when a starter is needed. He had a tough spring training, but that’s the place to work on all your pitches and when you do that, you often get “hit.” Will look forward to following the Astros and ignoring the A’s for their bad move.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    How about the idea floated by someone (Matthew?) on Rotoworld of having Bedard as the closer and Blackley as the 5th starter?

  3. dalucks - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Whoa, a trade in the first week of the season. Is that a record?

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