The Toronto Blue Jays have traded cash and a player to be named later to the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Matt Bush.
Bush was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft. Other than that, it's been downhill for this draft bust. Here is a brief summary of his short and terrible career:
Originally drafted as a shortstop and given a $3.15 million signing bonus by his hometown team, Bush flopped as a position player with San Diego and was converted to pitcher.
He developed elbow problems and had reconstructive surgery in August 2007, which caused him to miss all of last season.
Two weeks after he was drafted, Bush was suspended indefinitely by the Padres after he was arrested at a bar across the street from the team’s complex in Peoria, Ariz.
Among the charges were underage drinking and that he bit one of the bouncers who tried to escort him out of the bar. Assigned to the Padres’ rookie-level Peoria team, Bush was reinstated a month later.
He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, trespassing and underage possession or consumption of alcohol.
Bush was involved in a bar fight last summer, also in Peoria.
Just recently Matt was involved in incident with high school lacrosse team.
A witness said Bush was drunk, threw a golf club into the dirt, picked up and threw a freshman lacrosse player and hit another one.
Bush also yelled “I’m Matt (expletive) Bush,” and “(expletive) East County,” before driving over a curb in his Mercedes when leaving the campus, according to the witness.
Ryan Leaf laughs in Matt Bush’s face.
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