Justin Verlander, outspoken on domestic violence, not enthused after Astros acquire Osuna

Pitcher Roberto Osuna who was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays after being charged with domestic assault

Pitcher Roberto Osuna who was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays after being charged with domestic assault

The Toronto Blue Jays have traded closer Roberto Osuna to the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.

So, Houston trading for Roberto Osuna, whose 75-game suspension for domestic violence ends Sunday, creates a less-than-ideal situation for Verlander.

The Houston Chronicle reported that Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and the Astros "reached out" to some members of the coaching staff and team to assess reaction to a possible deal for Osuna. After guys like Gregg Zaun, Kelly Gruber, and others have been swiftly dealt with for indiscretions (granted, not by the front office), it would have felt like a bit of a double standard in keeping Osuna around.

The Houston Astros are the defending World Series Champions and by all accounts, 2018 has been a success even though the team is now riding a five-game losing streak.

In the same statement, Osuna used phrases such as "fresh start", "move forward" and "positive contribution", and he concluded, "I thank Jeff Luhnow and the entire Astros organization for believing in me - I will not let them down".

By definition, a zero-tolerance policy is one that gives uncompromising punishment to every person who commits a crime or breaks a rule.

'I am excited to join the Houston Astros and move forward with a fresh start to my career, ' Osuna said about the trade in a press release. To use it now is incredibly disingenuous. He plans to plead not guilty to the charge, according to his lawyer.

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Osuna is due back in court Wednesday at 2 p.m.in Toronto.

As good as the Astros are, they don't need Osuna.

With his return from suspension looming, it seemed like it was a priority for the Blue Jays as they saw the public opinion swaying against him being a player that they would support.

At 67-40, with a four-game lead in the American League West, the Astros are a solid bet to return to the postseason, and with a half-dozen charismatic All-Stars, enjoyed excellent chemistry.

What did Major League Baseball do about the accusations?

In addition to the obvious bad message it sends for the Astros to have Osuna on their roster, domestic violence is something several of the current players don't take kindly to.

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