Roberto Osuna’s time in Houston may be coming to an end.
According to The Athletic‘s Jake Kaplan, the Houston Astros have placed the 25-year-old closer on outright waivers. If he clears, he’ll become a free agent and save the club the $10 million or so he would have made through arbitration in 2021. MLB teams have until Dec. 2 to determine whether to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players.
The former Toronto Blue Jays closer threw just 54 pitches for the 2020 Astros before suffering an elbow injury. Initial reports suggested he needed Tommy John surgery, but he opted instead for rest and rehab. By the end of MLB’s pandemic-shortened campaign, he was playing catch off flat ground.
During his time in Houston over the course of three seasons, Osuna compiled a 6-5 record with a 2.45 ERA, 51 saves and 95 strikeouts across 92 innings.
The Blue Jays traded Osuna to Houston in 2018 after he was charged with assaulting a woman identified by authorities as the mother of his child. Charges were later dropped against Osuna, who agreed to stay away from her for one year and continue counselling.
In Toronto, the right-handed reliever posted a 2.87 ERA with 104 saves and 253 Ks in 223 innings, making the 2017 all-star team as he recorded a career-high 39 saves.