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Houston Astros trade for Joe Biagini from the Blue Jays

Joe Biagini

The Houston Astros were very busy at Wednesday’s MLB trade deadline. Obviously, their biggest move was acquiring Zack Greinke in a blockbuster deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but they also made a pair of trades with the Toronto Blue Jays, first acquiring Aaron Sanchez (reported earlier) and then swinging a deal for right-handed relief pitcher Joe Biagini, according to Rob Longley of The Toronto Sun.

Biagini has made 49 appearances out of the bullpen this season, going 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA while allowing 50 hits and striking out 49 batters over 49 innings of work.

The 29-year-old was originally selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 26th round of the 2011 MLB Draft but never actually played for the Giants’ major-league club before being taken by the Blue Jays in the Rule 5 Draft in 2015.

Biagini went on to make his big-league debut in 2016, appearing in 60 games and going 4-3 with a 3.06 ERA, surrendering 69 hits while fanning 62 hitters across 67.2 frames of action.

Then, in 2017, Biagini went back and forth between the bullpen and the starting rotation, starting 18 of his 44 outings. Over that time, he went just 3-13 with a 5.34 ERA, giving up 125 hits while registering 97 punch-outs through 119.2 innings.

He then moved back to the bullpen in 2018 (although he did make four starts), appearing in 50 games total and pitching to the tune of a 6.00 ERA, going 4-7 and permitting 96 hits while totaling just 53 strikeouts over 72 frames.

Biagini’s peripherals aren’t all that great, as he owns a lifetime 4.29 FIP and a 2.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Astros currently own the best record in the American League at 69-39.