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Blue Jays acquire Raul Valdes from Astros

May 19, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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The Blue Jays have acquired left-handed reliever Raul Valdes from the Astros in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Valdes was designated for assignment by the Astros earlier this month after allowing five runs on five hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. The 36-year-old cleared waivers and eventually accepted an assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He has a 3.48 ERA and 13/1 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level this year.

Valdes hasn’t enjoyed much success in the majors since 2012 as a member of the Phillies, but he’s another option for a bullpen which ranks 28th in the majors with a 5.28 ERA.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Shuffling him off to Buffalo.

    • stex52 - May 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      So the 30th best relief staff in the MLB sends help to the 28th best relief staff in the MLB. I have the feeling that this will not be talked about as a season-changer for anyone.

      • proudlycanadian - May 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        He is now on the Triple A Buffalo roster and is not on the 40 man roster.

      • stex52 - May 20, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        So I guess you are saying the “PTBNL” is not going to be Reyes or Encarnation. :-)

  2. proudlycanadian - May 19, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    He is not on the 40 man roster. If the Jays were going to add another lefty to their pen it would either be Rob Rasmussen or Ryan Rowland-Smith.

  3. paint771 - May 19, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Fun fact: did you know that Toronto’s starters have the best ERA in the AL East?

    ‘Twas shocked when I learned that.

    Anyway, with Jansen and McGowan back in the pen they should improve considerably. As mentioned Valdes won’t be on the 40 man roster this should be purely a depth move, although the way it usually goes north of the border I’d reckon he’ll see time at some point.

  4. areyesrn - May 20, 2014 at 4:19 AM

    he struck out the side with 9 pitches…and then he never threw a strike again…

  5. lukedunphysscienceproject - May 20, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I remember when Cash Considerations was considered a top prospect. Now he seems to get traded every season. What the hell happened to him?

  6. garybrian - May 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Guess A.A.’s theory is “if you throw enough crap against the wall, some of it is sure to stick”!

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