Blue Jays get pitcher Trent Thornton in trade with Astros for infielder Aledmys Diaz
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz dives but can't get to a single by Tampa Bay Rays' Jake Bauers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, November 17, 2018 11:43AM EST
TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays traded utility infielder Aledmys Diaz to the Houston Astros on Saturday for starting pitcher Trent Thornton.
Thornton, 25, posted a 9-8 record with a 4.42 earned-run average in 24 games for the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies in 2018.
The six-foot, 175-pound, right-handed pitcher was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 June Amateur Draft.
Thornton, from Pittsburgh, owns a career record of 32-19 and a 4.23 ERA over four Minor League seasons with 395 strikeouts and 78 starts in 88 appearances.
Diaz, 28, hit .263 with 26 doubles, 18 home runs, with 55 runs batted in over 130 games in 2018.
The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Santa Clara, Cuba, has a career batting average of .275 with 42 home runs, 140 RBIs with the St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto.