Joey McLaughlin has a lot in common with his father. However, after Saturday afternoon however,…
Jays Acquire Tim Olson from Rangers
The 27-year-old Olson had played in 51 games at the Major League Level. He appeared in 48 games with Arizona in 2004 and batted .186 with 2 home runs. Last season he played in three games with the Rockies.
Originally drafted by Arizona in the 7th round of the 2000 draft, Olson is a career .273 hitter in five seasons in the minor leagues.
McLaughlin, 23, pitched in 16 games as a reliever with the Lugnuts this year, posting a 3-1 record with a 3.04 ERA.
He was selected by the Blue Jays in the 18th round of the 2004 draft out of Oklahoma City University. The righthander pitched with Lansing last year, going 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA in a team-high 42 relief appearances. McLaughlin's father was a Major League reliever for seven years, spending the bulk of that time with Toronto and finishing his career in 1984 with the Texas Rangers.
The right-hander fell out of favor by Toronto last season. He never received a promotion from Lansing after dominating the first half of 2005, and began this season in extended spring training.
"I got a call on my way to the ball park and found out about 2:25 that I had been traded to the Rangers and that I would be walking across the field and playing for them tonight."
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