The Toronto Blue Jays acquired shortstop Tim Olson from the Texas Rangers on Saturday in exchange for reliever Joey McLaughlin. McLaughlin went from the roster of the Lugnuts to Clinton's roster, the Rangers Low-A team, and ironically the two clubs were facing off Saturday - which meant the strange walk from the home clubhouse to the visiting clubhouse for McLaughlin.
The Rangers sent triple A shortstop Tim Olson to Toronto to complete the deal. Olson had been hitting .128 in 13 games with the Oklahoma Redhawks this season.
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.”