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Astros Interested In Blue Jays Hurler Purcey

Per Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Houston Astros do have interest in Blue Jays righthander David Purcey, who was designated for assignment earlier this week. Purcey posted a 3.71 ERA last year for the Jays in 34 innings, with a 2.13 SO/BB ratio. However, he has been hit early and often this year, and that 3.71 ERA represents the best season of his career. Purcey does work with 90+ MPH heat though, so he's obviously got teams interested in him for a reason.

If the Astros managed to pick Purcey up, the roster spot that may be up for grabs could be Rule V pick Aneury Rodriguez's spot. Rodriguez was recently suspended three games for hitting a batter, and he's sporting a sterling 13.5 ERA in five appearances so far. Fernando Abad may also be a candidate to go, although I doubt the Astros would get rid of the only lefty reliever they have on the roster now since they don't see him as much of a specialist. Stop me if you're surprised by this news; Ed Wade interested in a new reliever, film at eleven. 

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