Blue Jays trade suspended pitcher Osuna to Astros

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The Toronto Blue Jays dealt suspended pitcher Roberto Osuna to the Houston Astros on Monday in exchange for three pitchers, including right-hander Ken Giles.
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The Toronto Blue Jays dealt suspended pitcher Roberto Osuna to the Houston Astros on Monday in exchange for three pitchers, including right-hander Ken Giles.

The 23-year-old Mexico native is eligible to return on Sunday from a 75-game ban under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

Jays general manager Ross Atkins said he considered the team’s fan base when making the decision to trade closer Osuna but did not go into detail. “We do feel a responsibility to the fans and we do feel empathy for the fans and we ultimately work for the fans,” he said.

Osuna’s lawyer Domenic Basile said he wants people to understand that his client still has to go through the legal process.

Osuna has not pitched in the majors since May 6, two days before he was put on leave when he was charged with one count of assault on a woman in Toronto. He’s expected to plead not guilty in a Canadian court tomorrow.

The Jays also received minor league right-handed pitchers Hector Perez and David Paulino in the trade.

Elsewhere, the New York Yankees shored up their pitching for a playoff stretch run by acquiring right-hander Lance Lynn from the Minnesota Twins.

Lynn will fill the role of relief pitcher and joins Luis Cessa as insurance for a starting rotation that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray and newly acquired JA Happ.

New York gave up first baseman Tyler Austin and pitcher Luis Rijo for Lynn.


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