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Astros claim RHP Philip Humber off waivers from White Sox

Nov 30, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

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Update: And the Astros have already signed Humber to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014. No word on the terms yet, but a guarantee around $2 million seems likely.


The White Sox were planning to non-tender Philip Humber before Friday’s deadline, but they went ahead and placed him on waivers beforehand, thinking they might pick up a few bucks in process. The Astros took advantage, grabbing Humber with their No. 1 waiver priority.

Humber threw a perfect game against the Mariners in April, yet he finished the season 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA in 16 starts and 10 relief appearances for the Pale Hose. It was quite a comedown after a fine 2011 season in which he went 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA in 163 innings.

Assuming that the Astros work out a contract with Humber, he’ll join a rotation set to include Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell (another guy who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox) and Jordan Lyles. Humber is eligible for arbitration for the first time, so he wouldn’t stand to make more than $1.5 million-$2 million in 2013.

The White Sox also today announced that first baseman Dan Johnson and minor league right-hander Anthony Carter have been non-tendered. Those two could be offered minor league contracts to stick around.

  1. jeffa43 - Nov 30, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    We are in a position to gamble a little, with nothing to lose. I am sure this signing is not putting fear into the AL West, but we continue to pile up young arms and a few are going to payoff.

    We are looking at 2014, and I think we will start to compete in 14.

    Sign Berkman, the Astro fans deserve it…. agiain, there is nothing to lose. It will be a great mix at first with Wallace and Berkman switching it up.

    And last but not least….. SIGN BROWNY & DESHAIS.

    • twinsapologist - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      Good God, yes. I didn’t know they didn’t have those guys signed up. Probably my favorite broadcasters in all of baseball.

      And yes, nice pick-up by the Astros.

    • stex52 - Dec 1, 2012 at 1:32 AM

      Since he pitched at Rice, maybe he will be comfortable back in Houston. Hope so. A very reasonable gamble.

      And double down on Brown and Deshaies. I want them back to. Dumb move if they let them walk.

  2. billgatesbarber - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Seeing Humber’s uninspiring stat line from last year made me wonder: is Humber’s season the worst season by a pitcher in which he threw a perfect game? Is it even close? I’m sure somebody out there is willing to do the research.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      On short notice, I only have W-L records, not ERA. So Galarraga was 4-9 (yeah, his PG sadly remains unofficial); Braden 11-14; Robertson 14-15; Richmond 32-32 (seriously); Catfish Hunter 13-13; Humber 5-5.
      Best include Koufax 26-8; Ward 39-24; Joss 24-11; Young 26-16; Halladay 21-10; Wells 18-4; Browning 18-5; Bunning 19-8.

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