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Astros sign Matt Albers

Dec 16, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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Houston’s payroll keeps skyrocketing! OK, maybe not quite, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Astros have signed free agent reliever Matt Albers to a one-year, $2.45 million contract.

Two weeks ago there was a report about Albers already having at least one multi-year offer, but it’s possible the 30-year-old right-hander preferred to play in his hometown of Houston. His one-year deal includes a $3 million team option for 2015.

Albers was actually drafted by the Astros in 2001 and debuted with Houston in 2006 before moving on to pitch for five different teams. This year he had a 3.14 ERA and 35/23 K/BB ratio in 63 innings for the Indians and Albers was even better in 2012.

  1. stex52 - Dec 17, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Astros are following the course they said they would. They were talking about expanding the budget by 30 MM$. Goals were an outfielder, a pitcher and two relievers. I figure to date they have only spent about 23 MM$ of that. Now they are hoping for a 1B/DH and a cheap starter.

    Since last year they couldn’t even play up to replacement (54 wins) I figure everything they do here has to help. We will see come spring.

  2. jkaflagg - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Two relievers (Qualls and Albers) are decent set-up guys who should help the team get thru the 7th-8th innings…..wonder if this means Fields will get first shot to close, or whether bringing Veras back is still possible ?

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