Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Matt Bush Goes Blue Jay Way

The expected trade of Matt Bush went down today, with the Toronto Blue Jays announcing they have acquired the former No. 1 draft pick from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Or maybe just a bag of balls.

Bush was the first overall selection in the 2004 draft. He was drafted as a shortstop, but after failing to progress switched to pitcher during the 2007 season. But he then underwent Tommy John surgery and did not pitch in 2008 - although he struck on 16 batters in the 7.2 innings he did manage to pitch in 2007 before the injury.

To clear space on their 40-man rosters, the Jays released pitcher Dirk Hayhurst.