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Blue Jays pick up minor league pitcher Raul Valdes in trade with the Astros

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired minor league pitcher Raul Valdes from the Houston Astros in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

Valdes made eight appearances for the Astros this season, all of them out of the bullpen, giving up five runs in 3 2/3 innings. He was designated for assignment on May 4 and outrighted to Oklahoma City two days later.

The native of Cuba has also spent time with the Mets, Yankees, Cardinals and Phillies. He is a career 7-7 with a 5.13 earned run average in 103 games including three starts.

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The deal comes one day after the Blue Jays optioned pitcher Marcus Stroman to their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo. Stroman made five appearances out of the bullpen, giving up 10 runs in 6 1/3 innings of work for an ERA of 12.79 ERA.

The Blue Jays open a three game series against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

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