May 30, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Matt Albers (32) during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field. Cleveland won 7-1. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros Sign Matt Albers

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Just when you thought the Astros were done with moves for a while, BOOM, Ken Rosenthal drops a bomb on us.


Albers, 30, was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the 2001 MLB draft. In 2007, Albers was given his shot with the Astros, but failed to make a positive mark. Albers had a 5.86 ERA in 31 appearances, including 18 starts. In the 2007 offseason, the Astros dealt Albers, along with Luke Scott, Dennis Sarfate, Troy Patton, and Mike Costanzo for Miguel Tejada. Albers was dealt another two times in his career, to the Arizona Diamondbacks and most recently the Cleveland Indians.

What has Albers done lately? In 2012, Albers had a 2.39 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 60.1 innings between the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2013, Albers had a 3.14 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 63 innings for the Cleveland Indians. Incredibly, Albers allowed just 2 HR’s out of the bullpen last season.

If Albers can keep those recent numbers steady, he has a decent shot at becoming the closer for the Astros. The Astros were rumored to be interested in another closer, but have yet to agree to terms with any big closer names. John Axford just recently signed with the Indians which may have prompted Albers to sign with the Astros.

It is unclear if the Astros have any other plans to add more pieces to their bullpen. Jose Veras and the Astros have shown mutual interest in a reunion, but Veras has reportedly rejected already one Astros offer. For now, Albers and Chad Qualls have been brought back to help with the bullpen struggles. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Astros decided to bring back another former Astro, Luke Scott, to add another veteran bat with some power.


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