Blue Jays acquire promising lefty Aquino from Rockies

Toronto deals Ybarra in swap of Minor League southpaws; Colabello DFA'd for roster space

Blue Jays acquire promising lefty Aquino from Rockies

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays acquired left-hander Jayson Aquino from the Rockies on Wednesday night in exchange for fellow Minor League lefty Tyler Ybarra.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, first baseman Chris Colabello was designated for assignment. Aquino has a pair of options remaining on his contract and likely will begin the year at Double-A New Hampshire.

Aquino was designated for assignment last week after Colorado acquired David Hale and Gus Schlosser from Atlanta. The 22-year-old posted a combined 5-10 record with a 5.13 ERA in 18 starts for Class A Advanced Modesto and Double-A Tulsa last year. Aquino also made four starts in the prospect-heavy Arizona Fall League, going 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA across 16 innings.

Aquino escapes bases-loaded jam

Ybarra spent most of his time in Toronto's organization working out of the bullpen. He advanced to New Hampshire last season and had a 4.42 ERA in 53 innings. The 25-year-old was originally selected by the Blue Jays in the 43rd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Colabello was claimed off waivers by Toronto in December during the Winter Meetings. He was scheduled to begin the season in a depth role at first base with the Triple-A Bisons. Colabello will go through waivers again, but if he clears, an appearance in Buffalo is still a possibility.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.