Thursday, December 11, 2014
The Houston Astros have agreed to a three-year, $18.5 million contract with Luke Gregerson and also have agreed to sign reliever Pat Neshek, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney, confirming multiple reports.
Gregerson is expected to take over as the team’s closer in 2015 with Neshek, coming off a career season, helping to fortify the back end of the bullpen.
Gregerson’s total compensation from the Astros can increase to $21 million if he is the team’s closer, a baseball source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.
His agreement comes after the Astros reportedly made attempts to sign both David Robertson and Andrew Miller this offseason to take over their closer’s role. Robertson ended up agreeing to a four-year deal with the Chicago White Sox, while Miller reached a four-year contract with the New York Yankees.
Neshek is guaranteed $12.5 million over two years, a baseball source told Crasnick. He’ll make $5.5 million in 2015 and $6.5 million in 2016. The deal has a $500,000 buyout, and includes a third year club option for between $6.5 million and $9 million. The amount of the option will increase depending on the number of games Neshek finishes in his first two seasons.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
You too can win 89 games!
In recent years, teams had been ebbing away from paying relievers significant dollars, feeling they were the easiest pieces to find inexpensively. However, Kansas City’s run to the World Series behind a dominant trio of late-game relievers – Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland – has convinced more teams to try to invest in this area.
For the first time since after the 2007 campaign, two relievers in the same free agent class received more than $35 million: Francisco Cordero (four years, $46 million) and Mariano Rivera (three years, $45 million) then, Andrew Miller (four years, $36 million) and David Robertson (four years, $46 million) now. It also represents the first time since that offseason two relievers got four-year deals (Cordero and Scott Linebrink).
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
ALL THE RELIEVERS
The Royals, who rode an all-time great bullpen all the way to the World Series, are enhancing that strength by re-signing free agent righthander Luke Hochevar, who missed the 2014 season after a brilliant 2013 campaign.
Hochevar has agreed to a $10-million, two-year deal with Kansas City, according to sources.
If history holds, Hochevar should be ready to pitch around the time of spring training following Tommy John surgery performed during last spring training.
Hochevar, a former No. 1 overall draft pick, was 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and 0.82 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings in 2013, and will combine with holdovers Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, who as a trio anchored baseball’s best bullpen in 2014. The Royals also re-signing Jason Frasor.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Jason Frasor pitched in 647 games before making the playoffs for the first time last season with the Royals. He’ll get another chance to help them to the postseason in 2015.
The Royals and Frasor, a right-handed relief pitcher, agreed on a one-year free-agent contract Friday that includes a mutual option for 2016.
The contract is worth a guaranteed $1.8 million, according to The Associated Press. Frasor will receive $1.25 million next season with a $2 million option and $550,000 buyout for 2016. Frasor made $1.75 million in 2014.
He also can earn $500,000 annually in performance bonuses based on games pitched: $75,000 each for 35, 40, 45 and 50, and $100,000 apiece for 55 and 60.
But I don’t know what to do with those tossed salads and scrambled eggs.
They’re callin’ again.
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