Houston Astros Miraculously Find a Buyer For Raul Valdes in Toronto Blue Jays

By Josh Sippie
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Troy Taormina – USA TODAY Sports

The saying goes that you have to give up quality to get quality in return, but it’s hard to see how that saying would apply to the Houston Astros in their recent trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Astros sent the very unsuccessful reliever Raul Valdes to the Blue Jays in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.

Valdes had just cleared waivers on his way to Tiple-A, meaning no one put a claim in on him, so it is amazing to see that he was actually the subject of a trade. While it’s still unclear what the Astros will get in return, anything at all, even cash, should be considered a win for the Astros.

Valdes was awful this year for Houston. He only pitched 3.2 innings, but in that time he surrendered five earned runs, two home runs, three walks, a 12.27 ERA and a .313 opponent batting average.

Valdes was one of the many signings the Astros made in the offseason in an attempt to bolster their faulty bullpen. Most of the moves are starting to pan out with some injury problems, but Valdes was one of the more unsuccessful ones.

The Blue Jays’ bullpen has the third-highest ERA in the Majors at 5.26, but there is no way Valdes can help them, as he has a career 5.13 ERA. Opponents have a field day against him,  even lefties, who he’s supposed to specialize against. Lefties hit .429 against Valdes this year.

It remains to be seen what the Astros will get for Valdes, but as mentioned before, absolutely anything is a win.

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