The Toronto Blue Jays traded struggling starter Aaron Sanchez to the Houston Astros.
Sanchez has struggled mightily this year, going 3-14 with an unsightly 6.07 ERA. Even with those issues, his stuff remains hard to hit, and the Astros are banking on AJ Hinch and their staff to rehabilitate him and turn him into the same players who posted a 3.00 ERA and made an All-Star appearance in 2015.
Reliever Joe Biagini was also dealt to Houston on the same day he tossed a scoreless inning against the Kansas City Royals. In 50 innings this season, Biagini has a 3.78 ERA and 4.39 FIP.
Toronto unsuccessfully tried to convert him into a starter in 2017, and he has had a much more successful 2019 season now that he's back in the bullpen full time.
Biagini and Sanchez both fit the mold of pitchers with a varied repertoire and unfulfilled potential that usually blossom once pitching coach Brent Strom and the Astros staff gets their hands on him.
Houston's pitching staff needed some reinforcements as the postseason draws near, and both Sanchez and Biagini are smart gambles for the Astros to take.