Blue Jays Acquire Carlos Villanueva

The Blue Jays have acquired Carlos Villanueva from the Brewers for a player to be named later, according to the team's Twitter page. The 27-year-old right-hander posted 11.4 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in 52 2/3 innings of relief last year. He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen after starting games in each of his first four big league seasons. 

Arbitration eligible for the second time, Villanueva will get a raise from the $950K salary he earned in 2010.

Defense independent pitching stats suggest Villanueva's 4.61 ERA was inflated in 2010. That suggests his ERA could dip with a similar performance in 2011, but moving to the homer-friendly Rogers Centre could be challenging for Villanueva, who allowed more fly balls than ground balls last year. Villanueva has handled both lefties and righties successfully throughout his career.


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64 Comments on "Blue Jays Acquire Carlos Villanueva"


kahnives
4 years 8 months ago

We don’t know to who? I’m sorry, but this reaks of a KW move. Under the radar, unbeknownst to every one…

TwinsVet
4 years 8 months ago

To a team to be named later.

Edit: Boo. That joke worked better before BNS cited the Jays as the trade partner.

kahnives
4 years 8 months ago

Minute after I post…dont you hate that?

FarmerErnie
4 years 8 months ago

the brewers got somebody who they already have

ClimaClub
4 years 8 months ago

TORONTO BLUE JAYS have acquired RHP CARLOS VILLANUEVA from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for a player to be named later.

touchmymonkey
4 years 8 months ago

Headline: bluejays acquire carlos villanueava
First line of article: Brewers have acquired villanueva from the bluejays

bit of a rush to post this? deep breaths we can wait a moment or two – accuracy better than speed sometimes

Shoeless_Joe
4 years 8 months ago

Weird? A team that lack pitching (Brewers) trades a pitcher to a team that has surplus pitching(jays)? I said this was weird right?….I guess the Jays could use some years in the BP?

Flharfh
4 years 8 months ago

Brewers have a shortage of viable starters, but a surplus of relievers.

AisoRed
4 years 8 months ago

Villa is not a great pitcher.

rzepczynski
4 years 8 months ago

Lets hope he does better than Charlie Villanueva for a Toronto sports team

Shoeless_Joe
4 years 8 months ago

? Charlie V was all nba rookie first team, and then traded for TJ Ford. His short stint was more then successful. He also set the Raps rookie scoring record at 48 against Milwakee.

rzepczynski
4 years 8 months ago

It was soft rookie class, and he was a 7th overall pick, succesful? maybe, but IMO he underachieved, but yea I just wanted to throw a Villanueva chirp in there

4 years 8 months ago

Wait. So if you pick a player 7th, and he finishes SECOND in ROY race, behind Chris Paul no less, and he still underachieves?

Overachieve to you must mean Finals MVP, then cure AIDS during the offseason huh?

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

lol what has he done since? he average 13 ppg and 6 rpg … should we throw a parade for him? not to mention the fact that he squealed like a little girl because KG called him names.

4 years 8 months ago

Garnett is one of the biggest douches in the league. He called him a cancer patient. Kind of a mean thing to say to a guy with a skin disease.

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

I agree… but theres a way to handle things. If someone insults you, either get in their face or sucker punch them, or quietly go to the league… Going home and tweeting about it is an even douchier thing to do

pastlives
4 years 8 months ago

than sucker punching someone? really dude?

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

it was cowardly to not make an issue right then n there but go home and tattle on kg on the internet.

4 years 8 months ago

You know who would be cowardly right? haha If someones insults you..you sucker punch him. That’s worst than going on the internet and tweeting what KG said. Going on the internet and tattling on someone to the world is cowardly but to go up to someone and sucker punch him is beyond cowardly!!!!!!

4 years 8 months ago

Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut, Danny Granger, Andrew Bynum, David Lee, Raymond Felton, thats a really soft class..

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

His claim to fame is how he whined and “told” on kevin garnett.. not exactly a stellar top 10 nba pick.

4 years 8 months ago

As a Pistons fan, I have to agree with KG that he is a “cancer” to our team. Him and Ben Gordon are riding around on their albatross contracts, not playing any D, and basically ensuring Joe Dumars is handcuffed from acquiring any good value for the next few years.

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

the mighty pistons have fallen pretty quickly…. oh well, you still have the tigers !

4 years 8 months ago

meh..I didn’t know the red wings is a bottom dweller now..

4 years 8 months ago

His claim to fame is playing in the NBA and helping kids who has the same condition he has and always helping the community.

4 years 8 months ago

The Blue Jays need a decent long relief option and if anyone goes down to injury he’s a huge upgrade over Brian Tallet spot starting :).

TheodoreRoosevelt
4 years 8 months ago

Yes, but does he play the game the right way?

PJaysW
4 years 8 months ago

Jo-Jo Reyes? Mark Rzepcynzki? David Purcey?

They’re all likely candidates for long relief.

grownice
4 years 8 months ago

man this is a nice lil pickup for the bullpen, cost probably a low level prospect and got a guy who can be servicable at the least , i do like the k/9!

TwinsVet
4 years 8 months ago

He was a nice fantasy baseball option, depending on your league format, with that nice k9, and SP/RP eligibility listing in Yahoo last year.

bluejaysfan1990
4 years 8 months ago

Interesting. I haven’t heard of him, but his numbers suggest that he has good stuff, a lot of k’s, but lacks some control, a lot of walks. Maybe Jays coaching can help his control. Either way, it’s cheap and it might pay huge dividends. Good pick imo.

4 years 8 months ago

exactly what AA is doing every year. buy low, sell high.

AisoRed
4 years 8 months ago

Carlos is the type of pitching who starts out great, but will eventually come down to earth when everyone starts seeing the pitches he throws. This is why he could never be a starter, players start hitting off of him come the second and third time through the batting order.

4 years 8 months ago

I was really high on Carlos Villenueava a couple years ago, I was expecting him to take over as the Brewers closer but he really didn’t handle the few opportunities he got very well.I thiink he will make a nice middle reliever though, something that the Jays need.

TheCrew
4 years 8 months ago

This has me a little confused until i see the PTBNL. Villanueva was a perfectly useful option out of the bullpen and always did a decent job at whatever the brewers asked of him (spot starting, long relief, etc)

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

AA probably used his jedi mind trick. Melvin had no choice.

TheCrew
4 years 8 months ago

You don’t need jedi mind tricks to fool Melvin.

AisoRed
4 years 8 months ago

Very true.

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

Don’t the brewers need pitching? and the jays have like a million arms… weird for the brew crew to give up on him .. but not bad for AA to pick up another option

AisoRed
4 years 8 months ago

We had a nickname for him… Failnueva. Plus we need starting pitching and Carlos isn’t a good option for that.

RanceMulliniks
4 years 8 months ago

While the Jays may have a number of good young starters, I wouldn’t say they have a million arms. AA knows he has to rebuild a bullpen that will lose Gregg, Downs and Tallet (not to mention the loss of Accardo from AAAA). Adding Carlos V to Frasor/Camp/Purcey is a good start.

BK
4 years 8 months ago

Does this guy have no eyebrows too?

4 years 8 months ago

he does, they’re not as thick as Gallardo’s though.

4 years 8 months ago

For what it’s worth, Carlos Villanueva was dominant on the road holding batters to a .200 batting average against, but pretty bad at home. I’m not sure if it means anything but the Brewers did kind of jerk him around a bit making him the closer, then a starter, then a middle reliever, then sending him to the minors, etc.

$5427573
4 years 8 months ago

So…you’re saying as long as we don’t put him in during an away game vs the Brewers we should be good?

4 years 8 months ago

I guess you could look at it that way, but what I was really saying was that maybe he needed a change of scenery because he couldn’t pitch well at home for one reason or another.

TheCrew
4 years 8 months ago

I agree completely with you about the moving him around all the time, although it was nice to finally see them give him a full time relief role this year. He had a VERY hot start to the season, then unfortunately cooled off as the year progressed

TdotsFinest
4 years 8 months ago

solid depth move

4 years 8 months ago

Clearly the Brewers are freeing up cash to go after Russell Martin.

CV was great at times, mind-bogglingly bad at others. Hate to see the Brewers give up on him, I was a fan.

Sage
4 years 8 months ago

Martin? What makes you say that? The Brewers have Jonathan Lucroy, George Kottaras, and Mike Rivera at catcher. Why would they go after another one?

Agreed though, I did like Villa. He has a nasty changeup, but he just needs to get more consistent. Solid pickup for the Jays, and I’m hoping the Brewers get someone useful.

iains
4 years 8 months ago

Umm, the guy made $950,000 last year. in payroll terms, chump change. Even if his salary tripled it’s still cheap. How does selling a cheap arm help?

invader3k
4 years 8 months ago

As a Brewers fan, I’ll say that Villanueva is a decent reliever. He can also spot start if needed. He isn’t a world beater or anything, but he’s a decent arm to have in the bullpen. He can go multiple innings if needed. The Brewers were just going younger (Loe/Braddock/Axford) and are trying to save some money to hopefully put towards starting pitching.

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

What does he throw? and whats his out pitch

4 years 8 months ago

He throws junk mostly. His fastball on a good day might reach 90 MPH but his primary out pitch is his changeup. When that pitch is on it is incredibly effective and is the main reason why his k/9 ratio is so high. This is also why he is good against left handed hitters. Lastly, this is the main reason his walks are so high, his curveball is highly average and his fastball is hittable so if his changeup isn’t being located properly hitters will lay off or wait until he hangs one.

iains
4 years 8 months ago

Well, he’s going to a team that specializes in the changeup. Should be interesting to see what Walton does with him.

andhicks
4 years 8 months ago

Stockpiling arms make me happy.

RanceMulliniks
4 years 8 months ago

Agreed. Adding another veteran to the ‘pen can’t hurt.

Paul_Zuvella
4 years 8 months ago

An excellent buy low move by AA. Not to compare him too much with his acquisition of Morrow, but I think Villanueva will benefit from having a defined role and being the yo-yo between the rotation/bullpen/closer role (much as Morrow did) and will perform adequately in the bullpen as a possible long reliever. He doesn’t fill the closer void, but this adds depth and could allow the Jays to move out a guy like Janssen who I’m entirely sold on.