Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Astros trade for Roberto Osuna

Astros trade for Roberto Osuna

Hoping they could improve their bullpen without causing friction in the clubhouse, the defending World Series champion Houston Astros acquired Osuna from the Toronto Blue Jays for Ken Giles and two pitching prospects. Paulino had been Houston's No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com, prior to his 80-game suspension last season for a PED violation; he has since dropped to No. 23.

In 15 games with the Blue Jays this season, Osuna has nine saves and an ERA of 2.93.

General Manager Jeff Luhnow says he knew the team would face backlash, but he's confident Osuna will fully comply with the team's zero tolerance policy for abuse of any kind. "I thank Jeff Luhnow and the entire Astros organization for believing in me - I will not let them down".

The Houston Astros are the defending World Series Champions and by all accounts, 2018 has been a success even though the team is now riding a five-game losing streak.

On June 22, he was handed a 75-game suspension retroactive to May 8. "I won't disclose the details, but suffice to say I came out of that conversation with all the things I was looking to hear from him".

In fairness to the Astros, they're not the only ones who look bad in this whole Osuna ordeal.

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Giles has struggled this season with the Astros, posting 12 saves in 34 appearances with a 4.99 earned-run average.

The right-handed pitcher was demoted to the minors on July 11 after appearing to get in a verbal altercation with manager A.J. Hinch.

Atkins said Giles has shown "he's willing to be accountable for those actions". "It'll be a new start for him too, which I'm sure he needs".

Luhnow said he has tracked Osuna since he was a 16-year-old and multiple times approached former Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos to inquire about his availability.

Perhaps as importantly, the Astros will have to convince their fan base to get behind a new closer in the midst of an ugly domestic violence case - one that is still open. He has a $3,315,000 salary and is eligible for free agency after the World Series.

The 30-year-old Warren, often used as a long reliever, was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 24 appearances this season, interrupted by a stint on the disabled list from April 21 through June 3 caused by a strained back. The organization and all of baseball have tried to hold themselves to a high standard of personal conduct, and the allegations against the young closer put the Blue Jays in a hard spot. "We had an opportunity to trade Roberto for three players we are excited about".

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