Astros land suspended closer Osuna from Blue Jays for demoted Giles, 2 others

Hoping to lock down the back end of the bullpen while trying to defend their World Series crown, the Houston Astros traded for suspended reliever Roberto Osuna from the Toronto Blue Jays, shipping back three right-handed pitchers -- demoted closer Ken Giles and minor leaguers David Paulino and Hector Perez.

Both teams officially announced the move on Monday.

Osuna, 23, is in the midst of serving a 75-game suspension from Major League Baseball for violating the league's joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy in connection with an assault charge. The star closer was arrested May 8 and charged with one count of assault in Toronto.

Osuna can return to the majors on Aug. 5 and will be eligible for the postseason, as players suspended for domestic violence are eligible to play in the playoffs, unlike those banned under the league's for performance-enhancing drug policy.

"We are excited to welcome Roberto Osuna to our team," Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. "The due diligence by our front office was unprecedented. We are confident that Osuna is remorseful, has willfully complied with all consequences related to his past behavior, has proactively engaged in counseling, and will fully comply with our zero tolerance policy related to abuse of any kind."

Osuna will join the Astros in Los Angeles on Sunday and a corresponding move will be made once he joins Houston's roster.

"I am excited to join the Houston Astros and move forward with a fresh start to my career," Osuna said in a press release. "The positive character of my new teammates is a big reason for their success and I look forward to bringing a positive contribution to this great group of guys as we work towards many more winning seasons. I thank Jeff Luhnow and the entire Astros organization for believing in me -- I will not let them down."

The right-handed Osuna was at Triple-A Buffalo on a rehab assignment that has covered three levels and included six scoreless appearances, allowing seven hits and striking out seven.

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TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 18: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after getting the last out of the seventh inning during MLB game action against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 18, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 27: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the tenth inning during an MLB game against the Chicago White Sox on May 27, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 5: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates their victory with Russell Martin #55 during MLB game action against the Houston Astros on June 5, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Toronto, Canada - July 17 - Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna (54) pitches the last inning to save a game during MLB action against the Tampa Bay Rays in Toronto at the Rogers Centre on July 17, 2015. (Cole Burston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
July 30, 2015: Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Roberto Osuna (54) [10105] celebrates after the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 7, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Blue Jays defeated the Yankees 2-1 after ten innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 28, 2015 - Jays reliever Roberto Osuna hugs catcher Dioner Navarro after earning another save. Toronto Blue Jays vs Detroit Tigers in MLB action at Rogers Centre on AUGUST 28, 2015. Jays win the opener of the series, 5-3. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 1: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays enters the game from the bullpen to pitch the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Cleveland Indians on September 1, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 12: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers in game four of the American League Division Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
October 19, 2015: Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Roberto Osuna (54) [10105] prior to ALCS Game 3 between the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 23: Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna (54) works the 8th inning. Toronto Blue Jays Vs Kansas City Royals in Game 6 of the ALCS at Kauffman Field. Jays lose 4-3 and lose the series 4-2. Kansas City goes on to the World Series against the New York Mets. Toronto Star/Rick Madonik (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, ON- FEBRUARY 25: Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna throws in the bullpen.Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training for the 2016 Major League Baseball Season in Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex in Dunedin. February 25, 2016. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 9: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays walks off the mound and towards the dugout after giving up the go-ahead run in the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles on June 9, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 6 - Jay's reliever Roberto Osuna gives thanks as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. July 6, 2016. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 8: (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 8, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 21: Closing pitcher Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 21, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 12: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays laughs as he realizes he began his celebration prematurely in the ninth inning during MLB game action as he faces Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays on September 12, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 9: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays works against the Texas Rangers in the ninth inning during game three of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 9, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- OCTOBER 8 - Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna watch batting practice as Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers prepare to play game three on Sunday at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. October 8, 2016. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 21: RHP Roberto Osuna. Toronto Blue Jays start the day early with Photo Day at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Toronto Star/Rick Madonik (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 21: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates after a victory against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 21, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. Toronto won the game 3-1. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 26 - Roberto Osuna of the Blue Jays wears a nickname jersey during the 9th inning of MLB action as the Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Minnesota Twins 10-9 at Rogers Centre on August 26, 2017. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 28: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays gets ready to pitch in the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre on April 28, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Roberto Osuna
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 28: Roberto Osuna #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays talks to Luke Maile #21 on the mound in the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre on April 28, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Roberto Osuna;Luke Maile
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With the Blue Jays this season, Osuna is 9-for-10 in save opportunities with no decisions and a 2.93 ERA in 15 appearances. He broke into the majors with Toronto in 2015, saving 20 games before saving 36 in 2016 and 39 in '17. He was a first-time All-Star last season.

Giles, 27, had fallen from grace in Houston after saving 34 games with a 2.30 ERA during the regular season in 2017. The right-hander struggled in the Astros' World Series-winning run as he went 0-2 with an 11.74 ERA in seven outings last postseason, pulled early often. This season Giles was 0-2 with a 4.99 ERA in 34 games before being demoted to the minor leagues earlier this month.

Paulino, 24, was formerly Houston's top-ranked prospect and even reached the majors briefly, pitching in nine games in 2016-17 with a 2-1 record and 6.25 ERA. The career of the 6-foot-7 hurler has been derailed by both Tommy John surgery and an 80-game steroid suspension last season. He has a 4.67 ERA in seven minor league starts this season.

Perez, 22, has pitched at two levels this season, compiling a 3-4 record and 3.73 ERA in 21 games (13 starts) at Class-A Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi.

The league initially placed Osuna on administrative leave, during which he was paid but could not play, on May 8. The administrative leave subsequently was extended at least four times as MLB investigated the alleged incident.

The terms of the suspension included a "confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program" approved by the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy board that includes the participation of MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Osuna was due in court on July 9 to offer a plea, but the date was rescheduled for Aug. 1. He plans to plead not guilty to the charge, according to his lawyer.

Based on his $5.3 million salary for this year, the 75-game suspension will cost Osuna approximately $2.45 million.

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2B Ian Kinsler

Former team: Los Angeles Angels
New team: Boston Red Sox

(Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)

3B Manny Machado

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: Los Angeles Dodgers

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

RP Zach Britton

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: New York Yankees

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

RP Jeurys Familia

Former team: New York Mets 
New team: Oakland Athletics

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

SP Nathan Eovaldi

Former team: Tampa Bay Rays
New Team: Boston Red Sox

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

SP J.A. Happ

Former team: Toronto Blue Jays
New team: New York Yankees

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

INF Eduardo Escobar

Former team: Minnesota Twins
New team: Arizona Diamondbacks

(Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

INF Asdrubal Cabrera

Former team: New York Mets
New team: Philadelphia Phillies

(Photo by Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

C Martin Maldonado

Former team: Los Angeles Angels
New team: Houston Astros

(Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)

RP Roberto Osuna

Former team: Toronto Blue Jays
New team: Houston Astros

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

RP Jonny Venters

Former team: Tampa Bay Rays
New team: Atlanta Braves

(Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

RP Brad Hand

Former team: San Diego Padres
New team: Cleveland Indians

(Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

INF Brandon Drury

Former team: New York Yankees
New team: Toronto Blue Jays

(Photo by Jeff Chevrier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

RP Brad Brach

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: Atlanta Braves

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

RP Chasen Shreve

Former team: New York Yankees
New team: St. Louis Cardinals

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

RP Joakim Soria

Former team: Chicago White Sox
New team: Milwaukee Brewers

(Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

RP Seunghwan Oh

Former team: Toronto Blue Jays
New team: Colorado Rockies

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3B Mike Moustakas

Former team: Kansas City Royals
New team: Milwaukee Brewers

(John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)

INF Brett Phillips

Former team: Milwaukee Brewers
New team: Kansas City Royals

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

SP Cole Hamels

Former team: Texas Rangers
New team: Chicago Cubs

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

RP Eddie Butler

Former team: Chicago Cubs
New team: Texas Rangers

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

RP Ken Giles

Former team: Houston Astros
New team: Toronto Blue Jays

(Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

RP Adam Warren

Former team: New York Yankees
New team: Seattle Mariners

(Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

RP Zach Duke

Former team: Minnesota Twins
New team: Seattle Mariners

(Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)

RP Lance Lynn

Former team: Minnesota Twins
New team: New York Yankees

(Photo byJesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)

C Wilson Ramos

Former team: Tampa Bay Rays
New team: Philadelphia Phillies

(Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

RP Brad Ziegler

Former team: Miami Marlins
New team: Arizona Diamondbacks

(Sam Navarro/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

RP Ryan Pressly

Former team: Minnesota Twins
New team: Houston Astros

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

OF Tommy Pham

Former team: St. Louis Cardinals
New team: Tampa Rays

(Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

OF Cameron Maybin

Former team: Miami Marlins
New team: Seattle Mariners

(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

SP Kevin Gausman

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: Atlanta Braves

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

SP Chris Archer

Former team: Tampa Rays
New team: Pittsburgh Pirates

(Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images)

2B Brian Dozier

Former team: Minnesota Twins
New team: Los Angeles Dodgers

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

RP Brandon Kintzler

Former team: Washington Nationals
New team: Chicago Cubs

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

RP Jake Diekman

Former team: Texas Rangers
New team: Arizona Diamondbacks

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

RP Aaron Loup

Former team: Toronto Blue Jays
New team: Philadelphia Phillies

(Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

2B Jonathan Schoop

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: Milwaukee Brewers

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

RP Darren O'Day

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: Atlanta Braves

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

RP John Axford

Former team: Toronto Blue Jays
New team: Los Angeles Dodgers

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

RP Keone Kela

Former team: Texas Rangers
New team: Pittsburgh Pirates

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

SP Tyler Glasnow

Former team: Pittsburgh Pirates
New team: Texas Rangers

(Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

OF Scott Schebler

Former team: Cincinnati Reds
New team: Atlanta Braves

(Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)

SP Matt Wisler

Former team: Atlanta Braves
New team: Cincinnati Reds

(Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

OF Preston Tucker

Former team: Atlanta Braves
New team: Cincinnati Reds

(Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SP Lucas Sims

Former team: Atlanta Braves
New team: Cincinnati Reds

(Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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