Angels acquire RHP Deck McGuire from Texas

The Angels acquired RHP Deck McGuire from Texas in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later. In a corresponding move, C Juan Graterol has been designated for assignment.

June 20th, 2018

ANAHEIM -- The Angels today acquired RHP Deck McGuire from Texas in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later. In a corresponding move, C Juan Graterol has been designated for assignment. Today's announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

McGuire, 28 (turns 29 on Saturday), began the season with Triple-A Buffalo in the Toronto organization and had his contract selected by the Blue Jays on May 13. In four appearances (all in relief) for Toronto, he allowed six earned runs in 8.1 innings pitched (6.48 ERA) and recorded seven strikeouts. He worked two-or-more innings in three of his four outings for the Blue Jays. In eight games (all starts) across two stints with Triple-A Buffalo this season, he went 4-2 with a 3.22 ERA (44.2 IP - 16 ER) and 40 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .210 (33-157) batting average. He was designated for assignment by Toronto on June 9 and claimed off waivers by Texas on June 15. He made one appearance for Triple-A Round Rock, before being designated for assignment yesterday.

A native of Richmond, VA, McGuire was originally selected by Toronto in the first round (11th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Georgia Tech. He made his Major League debut with Cincinnati on Sept. 12, 2017. In 10 career Major League appearances, is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA (22 IP - 10 ER). In 199 career minor league appearances (181 starts), is 60-71 with one save and a 4.30 ERA (1068.2 IP - 511 ER) and 913 strikeouts.

Graterol, 27, appeared in one game for Angels this season and singled in his only Major League plate appearance of the year on May 5 at Seattle. In 24 games with Triple-A Salt Lake this season, he batted .322 (29/90) with five doubles and 13 RBI and caught nine of 28 (32%) runners attempting to steal a base. In 58 career Major League games across three seasons with the Angels, he batted .222 (22/99) with six doubles and 13 RBI.