After missing out on right-handed pitcher David Robertson to the Chicago White Sox and left-handed pitcher Andrew Miller to the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros have finally made a splash in the free agency market.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Astros have reached an agreement with right-handed pitcher Luke Gregerson on a three-year, $18.5 million contract, giving him the third largest contact given out to a relief pitcher this offseason. If all incentive goals are met, Nightengale reports that he can make up to $21 million, as he will make $6 million in 2015, $6.25 million in 2016 and $6.25 million in 2017.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 10, 2014
Gregerson, a 31-year-old right-hander who lost the Oakland Athletics‘ closing job after blowing five saves earlier in the year, finished the season with a 5-5 record, along with a 2.12 ERA and a 176 ERA+ over 72.1 innings of work out of the bullpen.
In his six-year major league career with the San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics, Gregerson pitched to a 22-27 record, along with a career 2.75 ERA over 419.1 innings pitched out of the bullpen. Never pitching in eighty innings in one season, Gregerson has averaged 66 innings pitched over the past six seasons.