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Tony Sipp released by Padres, signs with Astros

May 1, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres have granted left-hander Tony Sipp’s request for a release so that he can sign a big-league deal with the Astros.

Sipp signed a minor-league contract with the Padres during spring training and has been pitching at Triple-A, where he’s thrown 15 innings with a 4.30 ERA and 21/2 K/BB ratio.

Sipp has always been a useful middle reliever, logging 258 innings with a 3.84 ERA and more than a strikeout per inning for the Indians and Diamondbacks. He’s typically been similarly effective versus righties and lefties, so the 30-year-old southpaw isn’t strictly a specialist.

  1. mazblast - May 1, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    He’s resolutely mediocre, which makes him top of the heap in the Houston bullpen.

    Seriously, he’s probably a small upgrade for a team that can use any kind of help right now.

  2. natstowngreg - May 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    The Astros’ picking up of stray players reminds me of Casey Stengel, as manager of the ’62 Mets. He beckoned the Youth of America to come play for the Mets, because they were so bad, anyone had an opportunity to make the team.

  3. gbrim - May 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Lefties who are healthy can hang around forever.

  4. happytwinsfan - May 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    It sounds like the Padres did him a solid by releasing him. The season is young and they could have kept stashed at triple A for depth.

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