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Astros decline $3 million option on Philip Humber

Oct 3, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Philip Humber turned a strong spring training into a job with the Astros, but then went 0-8 with a 7.90 ERA in 55 innings split between the rotation and bullpen. Not surprisingly the Astros have decided to decline his $3 million option for next season, giving him a $500,000 buyout that makes him a free agent.

It seems like a distant memory now, but Humber threw a perfect game on April 21, 2012. Since then he’s been perhaps the worst pitcher in baseball, throwing 142 innings with a 7.59 ERA while being let go by the White Sox and Astros.

And now at age 30 there’s a decent chance he’ll never pitch in the big leagues again.

  1. nbjays - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Looks like he used up a whole career’s worth of talent/luck in that one perfect game… talk about not learning to pace yourself.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      There are countless pitchers who pitcher many years in the big you have never heard of, and many more you know but can’t remember anything special about them or their accomplishments. Well Phillip Humber has something that so few have done in 120 years of baseball stats, and that alone means something. A bad pitcher had a great day, and im sure if you asked him, that is more than enough to be known for.

  2. missthemexpos - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Oh well, if he never pitches again he did pitch the perfect game and made some good coin, nothing wrong with that legacy.

  3. jarathen - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I bet the Angels wish they had the same choice with Homer Joe Blanton.

  4. earpaniac - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I remember when he was a top prospect. When he was with the Sox, he’d show flashes, and you thought Kenny might’ve found something. When he had the perfect game, I thought he might’ve finally put it all together. Wow. Was I wrong. Like somebody above me said, it was like he used up all the “good” he had left in that game.

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