Feb 29, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Sean O'Sullivan (37) poses for a picture during the Royals photo day at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE
CBS Sports writer Danny Knobler reports that the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired RHP Sean O'Sullivan from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash. Earlier, Knobler tweeted that "While Blue Jays have been out looking for pitching, they've been telling teams they can't take on any money. Hard to find it that way."
O'Sullivan, a former Angel and Royal, is just 24 years old and was pitching for Royals AAA affiliate Omaha to start the 2012 season. He has recorded a 6.75 ERA and 1.856 WHIP in his time with Omaha, recording 26 strikeouts, 23 walks, and giving up 6 homers in 53 innings pitched. In 43 Major League games (34 starts), O'Sullivan has a 6.13 ERA, a 1.554 WHIP, and a 1.25 K/BB ratio, but just recording 4.2 K/9.
This sounds like purely a roster depth and band-aid solution to me. I would be very surprised if you will ever see the headline "Blue Jays Ride Sean O'Sullivan's Success To The 2012 Playoffs" on Bluebird Banter.
UPDATE/TRIVIA: Sean O'Sullivan made (and won) his MLB Debut for the Los Angeles Angels against the San Francisco Giants on Irish Heritage Night at AT&T Park.