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MLB trade news: Blue Jays trade Aaron Sanchez to Astros

first_imgAfter news of his trade, Sanchez gave thanks for his time in Toronto, dating back to his selection by the Blue Jays in the first round of the MLB Draft in 2010.“First off, this journey started 10 years ago,” Sanchez said (via Sportsnet). “I was a 17-year-old kid who had aspirations of pitching in the big leagues and this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for guys like Alex and Tony and Bob Fontaine and Blake Crosby and everybody who did their due diligence on the amateur side to get me in this position. Aaron Sanchez, whose Blue Jays career began with such promise, ended with little fanfare Wednesday when Toronto traded him to the Astros.The Blue Jays sent Sanchez, 29-year-old right-hander Joe Biagini (3.86 ERA in 49 appearances this season) and 22-year-old minor-league outfielder Cal Stevenson to Houston in exchange for outfielder Derek Fisher. The 25-year-old Fisher has slashed .201/.282/.367 in 278 at-bats the past three seasons with the Astros. OFFICIAL: We’ve traded RHP Aaron Sanchez, RHP Joe Biagini, and OF Cal Stevenson to the @Astros for OF Derek Fisher.— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 31, 2019No one could have imagined the Blue Jays one day parting with Sanchez on such terms back in 2016, when at age 24 he went 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, earning All-Star honors in the process. But injury issues with his fingers and a loss of control derailed his once-promising career. This season, he’s 3-14 with a 6.07 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 23 starts.While there have been some encouraging signs from the right hander (10 strikeouts versus the Rays in his last start July 28), there have been plenty of ugly performances — he had a 12.00 ERA in six starts in June. Related News MLB trade deadline: Brodie Van Wagenen explains Mets’ decision to keep Zack Wheeler, acquire Marcus Stroman MLB trade news: Astros add frontline starter, deal for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke Marcus Stroman addresses trade from Blue Jays to Mets: ‘Crazy excited for this part of my journey’ “It’s been a crazy nine years for sure, and the last four, a true dream to be able to play for a nation, to be able to put this uniform on. A little bittersweet.”The Astros, who also acquired six-time All-Star Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks at the deadline, have had great success turning around struggling pitchers in recent years (see Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton). Sanchez welcomes the opportunity in Houston.”Obviously, I’m thrilled for the opportunity that I got to go pitch in Houston and learn from the guys that they have,” Sanchez said.last_img read more