TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays traded talented but troubled closer Roberto Osuna to the Houston Astros on Monday.
The Blue Jays received right-handed pitchers Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez in exchange for Osuna, who has been serving a 75-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy after being arrested and charged with assault by Toronto police on May 8.
Osuna can return to major-league action on Sunday. His next scheduled court appearance is Wednesday in Toronto.
The 23-year-old native of Mexico, who was recently on a rehab assignment with triple-A Buffalo as he prepared for his return to the majors, had nine saves and a 2.03 earned-run average in 15 appearances with Toronto this season prior to his suspension.
The right-hander has 104 saves in 221 appearances over three-plus seasons with Toronto. He became the youngest pitcher in MLB history to reach 100 saves in the Jays 2-1 win over Baltimore on April 10.
Giles has struggled this season with the Astros, posting 12 saves in 34 appearances with a 4.99 earned-run average. But he was effective in Houston’s run to a World Series title last year, with 34 saves and a .230 ERA.
The 27-year-old native of Albuquerque, N.M., pitched one inning of a combined no-hitter as a member Philadelphia Phillies in a 7-0 win over Atlanta on Sept. 1, 2014.
Paulino missed most of the 2017 season as suspended 80 games without pay for testing positive for a performance enhancing substance. He has not pitched at the major-league level this season.
Perez has split time this season between double-A Corpus Christi and single-A Buies Creek.
The Canadian Press