The career of Matt Bush did not end with the Padres designating the righthander for assignment last week. Instead, the Blue Jays decided to give Bush a change of scenery Tuesday, acquiring the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 draft for a player to be named.
Bush gives the Jays 27 pitchers on their 40-man roster. He did not pitch in 2008 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he had after moving from shortstop to pitcher in 2007.
Bush takes the place of BA diarist Dirk Hayhurst on the 40-man roster. Hayhurst, like Bush, pitched in the Padres farm system previously, and Hayhurst made his major league debut last year with San Diego.
Bush also gives the Jays two of the eight players drafted first overall in drafts this decade, as they also put in a waiver claim this offseason on 2002 No. 1 pick Bryan Bullington. While, unlike Bush, Bullington has reached the majors, he’s in the discussion for being one of the least successful No. 1 picks ever, as he’s still searching for his first big league victory.
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