PHOENIX (AP) — In a trade involving two injured players, the Arizona Diamondbacks have traded Bronson Arroyo and last year’s first-round draft pick Touki Toussaint to the Atlanta Braves for infielder Phil Gosselin.
The 38-year-old Arroyo has not pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July 18. He signed with Arizona as a free agent before last season after eight years with the Cincinnati Reds.
Arroyo was in the second year of a two-year, $23.5 million contract with an $11 million club option and a $4 million buyout for 2016.
“It is more of what we are trying to do. The money is definitely important,” Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said. “We said that we are going to try to do what we can to promote our young pitchers but also give ourselves a chance to make some savings so that we can have an opportunity to do things at a later date.”
The 19-year-old Toussaint, the 16th pick overall in the 2014 draft, was 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA in seven starts for Class A Kane County. In two seasons in the Diamondbacks system he was 4-6 with a 5.65 ERA.
“In order to move the (Arroyo) contract, Touki had to become a part of it,” Stewart said.
Toussaint was the key to the deal, Braves assistant general manager John Coppolella said.
“He was a guy we really liked in the 2014 draft,” Copolella said. “We picked 31 and he was long gone by then. We had him in our top 10 of our 2014 draft board. Obviously, Toussaint is a huge, huge piece for the future.”
Gosselin, 26, has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 18 with a fractured left thumb. He was hitting .325 (13-for-40) with four doubles and two RBIs in 20 games.
“He is a gritty, tough, competitive type of infielder,” Stewart said. “He plays second, short, third utility type role player. In our scouting reports liken him to (Justin) Turner in Los Angeles. not the same type of power but he possesses that ability to hit and put the ball in the gaps.”
Stewart said Arroyo is due to return sometime from mid-July to early August and Gosselin should be back in about four weeks.
Asked whether the Braves would use Arroyo as a starter or out of the bullpen, Coppolella said “I think we need to wait until he comes back and see.’
“Obviously he has been a starter for the last six, seven years,” Coppolella said. “He has in the past pitched out of the pen. Probably right now it’s too early to say.”
AP Sports Writer Charles Odum in Atlanta contributed to this report.