Moments after agreeing with Luke Gregerson on a three year deal, the Houston Astros have signed another arm for their pen.
This time they have agreed to terms with Pat Neshek on a two year deal. Bob Nightengale of the USA Today first reported the news, with confirmation from ESPN baseball insider Buster Olney.
The Houston #Astros bullpen now shaping up quite nicely with Chad Qualls, Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 10, 2014
As @BNightengale has reported, Astros made a midnight raid on the relief market, agreeing to terms with Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 10, 2014
Neshek is coming off an All-Star season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014.
In 67.1 innings pitched over 71 appearances, Neshek finished with a 1.87 ERA, and a 68/9 K/BB ratio.
Astros General Manager Jeff Lunhow has indicated that his top priority this off-season was to add experienced arms to the back-end of the bullpen.
Now Houston has made a splash signing two veterans that will slot very nicely in the back end of the pen.
The Astros finished with 70 wins last season, which was a significant improvement. The future is bright in Houston, and Astros fans have to be excited.