Astros acquire Oliver Perez from Diamondbacks

The Houston Astros continue to make trades in order to fortify their roster as their quest for a postseason berth continues.  The Astros have now added to their already solid bullpen by acquiring veteran left-handed reliever Oliver Perez from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league lefty Junior Garcia per reports.

The veteran southpaw Perez has compiled a 3.10 ERA across 29 innings of relief along with posting a 11.5 SO/9 ratio with a 38.9% ground ball rate this season with the Diamondbacks.  He’s faced an even number of left-handed and right-handed hitters but has been most effective against the lefties as he’s holding them to a .183/.234/.267 batting line.  He will be the second left-handed option out of the bullpen for the Astros behind fellow lefty Tony Sipp.

The Diamondbacks are getting a young but intriguing pitcher in Garcia.  The young lefty has split time from the Rookie league to short-season Class A.  He has overall pitched to a 0.96 ERA across 37.1 innings of work as he worked out of the pen and as a starter.  He still needs time to develop and is far away from reaching the majors so at this point he provides the Diamondbacks with some left-handed pitching depth in the system.

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