OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Travis Blackley #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at O.co Coliseum on September 16, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
The Houston Astros have traded minor league left-hander pitcher Travis Blackley to the Texas Rangers for cash and a player to be named later.
The 30-year-old Blackley went 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA in 42 relief appearances for Houston this season before being designated for assignment on Aug. 8. He cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City and joined the RedHawks on Tuesday.
Blackley will not be on the 40-man roster and has been assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.
The Australian is 8-8 with a 5.28 ERA in 78 career games, including 23 starts. Four of his eight career wins have come against the Rangers.