Dusty Baker Reacts to Houston Astros Trading for Kendall Graveman & Astros Bullpen Depth Chart

August 2, 2021 8:21 AM
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Watch as Dusty Baker talks trade deadline and acquiring Kendall Graveman.

In a four-player trade with the Seattle Mariners, the Houston Astros’ bullpen just got a lot stronger. the Astros sent Abraham Toro and Joe Smith to Seattle for top reliever Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero.

“It gives us some more quality firepower and gas at the end of the bullpen”, Baker told media. “We’re happy about it.”

Baker expressed the hard decision to part ways with Smith and Toro.

“We hate to see Joe Smith go because he’s a big part of this team, a big part of the bullpen, and one of the highest quality of people I’ve ever met. And Toro, his future’s very very bright and he was coming on pretty strong for us.”

Baker also shared his liking for Graveman’s talent coming out of the bullpen.

“Just the fact that he throws hard, he throws strikes, he throws quality strikes. There aren’t many guys that can set up or close, or if we need him early.”

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