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Trade Deadline: Controversial closer Osuna traded to Astros

Rob Bradford
July 30, 2018 - 6:04 pm

The Astros continue to aggressively address their bullpen issues. This time Houston is doing it in a somewhat controversial fashion.

According to The Athletic, the American League West leaders have dealt for former Toronto closer Roberto Osuna, trading away another troubled late-inning reliever, Ken Giles. The report states that righty Hector Perez and David Paulino will also be sent to the Blue Jays. This comes after the Astros acquired Minnesota reliever Ryan Pressley last week.

Osuna is serving a suspension per the MLB-MLBPA Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy. The 23-year-old is facing domestic assault charges in Canada for an incident involving his girlfriend. He has been pitching in Triple-A during his suspension.

In four big league seasons, Osuna has totaled 104 saves, having pitched just 15 times this season.

Osuna hasn't had much success against the Red Sox, who have compiled a .290 batting average against the right. The reliever's ERA vs. Boston is 5.33, having blown five of his 14 save opportunities.

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