The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros pulled off a trade earlier that sent left-handed relief pitcher Raul Valdes to the Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
#Astros officially trade minor league LHP Raul Valdes to Toronto in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
— Houston Astros (@astros) May 19, 2014
The 36 year old lefty was claimed off waivers by the Astros after he was designated by the Philadelphia Phillies during the off-season. He opened up the 2014 season pitching out of the bullpen for the Astros but gave up five runs in just 3 2/3 innings of work. Valdes was later designated for assignment and outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City where he decided to opt for free agency.
Valdes was unable to crack a Major League roster until 2010 at 32 years old. He took his chances with the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros and now will try to stick with the Toronto Blue Jays.
He holds a career 7-7 record, 5.13 ERA, 1.33 WHIP with 147 career strikeouts. Best of luck to Valdes with the Blue Jays organization.