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White Sox acquire Brett Myers from Astros

Jul 21, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

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After completing a 10-player deal with the Blue Jays yesterday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow isn’t done wheeling and dealing.

According to Ken Rosenthal of, the White Sox have acquired right-hander Brett Myers from the Astros. No word yet on who the Astros will receive in return.

Myers was moved into the closer role this season and has a 3.52 ERA and 20/6 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings while going 19-for-21 in save opportunities. He is still owed a little less than half of his $11 million salary for this season while his contract includes a $3 million buyout on a $10 million option for next season. The Astros reworked his contract this spring so that the option will vest automatically if he finishes 45 games and doesn’t finish the season on the disabled list. He currently has 29 games finished.

It’s not clear whether Myers will close with his new team. Rookie right-hander Addison Reed has handled the gig since May and has a 4.24 ERA and 34/14 K/BB ratio in 34 innings this season while going 15-for-18 in save chances.

UPDATE: Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros will receive right-hander Matt Heidenreich, left-hander Blair Walters and a player to be named later in return.

Heidenreich, a fourth-round pick in 2009, has a 3.95 ERA in 18 starts between High-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham this season. Walters was drafted last year and has a 3.99 ERA and 165/39 K/BB ratio over his first 171 1/3 innings in pro ball. Baseball America ranked Walters as Chicago’s No. 26 prospect coming into the season while Heidenreich wasn’t included on their top-30 list.

UPDATE II: Dan Hayes of reports that Myers will cost the White Sox roughly $1 million for the rest of this season, so they will also receive cash considerations from the Astros. Part of the salary relief will include cash toward the $3 million buyout or $10 million option for next year.

  1. Bryz - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I’m pretty sure your last paragraph is supposed to say “It’s not clear whether the White Sox intend to use Myers as their closer.”

    • D.J. Short - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Ah yeah, thanks!

  2. meadowlark89 - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    oh great everyone in the AL Central are making moves but the Twins.

    • hittfamily - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Only another 8 or 9 years and the Twins will receive a 1st round compensation pick for Mauer though.

  3. hittfamily - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    My fantasy team would love to know if the Astros have named a new closer?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Better hope that it isn’t Cordero.

  4. tigers182 - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Unfortunately another nice pickup for the White Sox. Myers woulda been a great add for Detroit.

  5. cliffy33 - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    who will be closing for the astros cordero or lopez?

  6. thekingdave - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    If only Crane and Luhnow were in charge a couple years ago when we started shipping off Oswalt, Berkman etc.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 21, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      They DO seem to know what they’re doing, don’t they? This deal seems to indicate Crane is willing to spend money to get decent prospects, a VERY good sign.

    • stex52 - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      No kidding. I didn’t exactly dislike Ed Wade; I knew he was trying. I just had a pretty strong feeling (since borne out) that he was in over his head. Hopefully two or three of these kids over the last couple of days will actually make the Majors. The rest of 2012 is going to be grim, though.

  7. mojosmagic - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    My condolences to the White Sox.

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