The Astros agreed to a multi-year contract extension with right-hander Brett Myers on Saturday, and on Sunday afternoon full details of the new deal were revealed. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle has the breakdown of years and money.
Myers, 29, was a steal for the Astros this winter and has been one of the few bright spots in a season full of downers. Through 21 starts he has posted a 3.10 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and an 8-6 record on a bad Houston team. He has also fanned 113 batters in 145 innings while holding opposing right-handers to a .250/.302/.337 batting line.
This new deal will pay him $7 million in 2011 and $11 million in 2012. He also has a $10 million option for 2013 with a $3 million buyout.
If Myers continues to pitch like he has this season — which isn’t entirely unfeasible in the lowly NL Central — it should come in as a solid extension for both sides. The Astros have a long road back to contention, but they seem to be rebuilding in the right way. Now if only they could draft well.
Former Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
It’s the fourth move the corner infielder has made in the last two seasons after seeing short-term stints with the Marlins, Giants and Tigers. He signed a minor league deal with the Tigers prior to the 2016 season, providing the club with some infield depth behind 24-year-old Nick Castellanos. When Castellanos hit the disabled list in August with a broken hand, McGehee was recalled from Triple-A Toledo for a 30-game stint and slashed .228/.260/.239 with one extra-base hit in 96 PA. His career batting line (.258/.317/.384 over eight seasons) isn’t too shabby, but his age and a long history of knee injuries puts a damper on his potential.
McGehee last appeared in the NPB circuit in 2013, when he signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. He spent the bulk of his season at the hot corner, batting an impressive .292/.396/.515 with 28 homers in 590 PA and appearing in the Eagles’ first and only championship run to date.
The deal comes with a club option for 2018, Rosenthal reports, though no figure has been specified.
Free agent left-hander Rich Hill is rumored to be entertaining a three-year, $40+ million offer from the Dodgers, reports Peter Gammons. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo corroborated the report, adding that Hill could receive somewhere between $46 and $48 million from his former team.
Hill, 36, pitched to a 2.12 ERA and 3.91 FIP in back-to-back stints with the Athletics and Dodgers in 2016. While a chronic case of blisters on his pitching hand limited the frequency of his starts, he still figures to be one of the most productive and noteworthy starting pitchers on the market this winter.
The Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Astros have all been mentioned as potential suitors for the left-hander’s services, though Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette said the club has yet to make a play for Hill and ESPN’s Jim Bowden pointed out that the Red Sox are less involved in trade talks than other interested parties.