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Astros sign Peter Moylan to minor league contract

Nov 23, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of, the Astros have signed right-handed reliever Peter Moylan to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Moylan became a free agent last month after he was designated for assignment by the Dodgers. The soon-to-be 35-year-old had a 6.46 ERA in 14 appearances at the major league level this past season and spent most of the year in Triple-A. We haven’t heard much from him since back and shoulder surgeries in 2011, but the Astros will hope for a bounceback out of their bullpen.

Here’s Moylan’s reaction to his latest opportunity:

  1. jeffa43 - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Dear Mr. Crane, Mr. Ryan, and Mr. Luhnow,

    Please sign a couple high end relievers. With the starting pitching we showed over the last few months, it would be nice to keep those leads they leave the game with.

    We would win more games, and make it easier to be patient for the 2015 season…… When we start to pound some teams good.

    Thank you,
    35 years of Astro Baseball & devoted fan.

  2. jeffa43 - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Dear God,

    Please give Mr. Crane, Mr. Ryan, and Mr. Luhnow the strength and determination to add some solid relief pitching.

    They are good people, and they are trying real hard.


  3. jeffa43 - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Dear Santa,

    All I want from Christmas is two solid relief pitchers,

    Two years ago I asked for Ed Wade Jr. to be canned for Christmas and you came through. Thank you.

    I have been good.


    • stex52 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Jeff, so far all we are getting from Santa is lumps of coal in the form of the cable partnership going into bankruptcy and Crane melting down and going after NBC and Drayton in court. He had a lot better reputation as a businessman before he bought the Astros than he does now.

      Luhnow was telling the local papers that the player budget goal was 50 million$ this year. That would buy some pretty good relief and maybe a second tier outfielder.

      But I’m worried they will use the cable deal as an excuse to cut spending. Cross your fingers and hope for better news.

      • jeffa43 - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        Thanks Stex….

        You know you have reached a new low when your passionate about a team that loses 100 every year….. Maybe the cable deal is God looking out for our health, as we obviously have fallen into a permanent masochist state of mind, and we no longer understand that its pain we are hoping for in a new cable deal.

        Seriously… that is not good news, last years cable situation was pathetic for a Major League Baseball team. I would think Selig could help out, but his hats only deal with moving stuff…. Moving Astro home games to Milwaukie, moving the Astros to the AL etc….

  4. jkaflagg - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I’m sure that Houston would be as disappointed as you or I if Moylan makes the roster next year….depth move only; but as the Astros found out last year when Alex White. John Ely and Rudy Owens were lost to injury early in the season, sometimes that depth is needed…..

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