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.
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We’ll leave that aside. For our purposes, know that someone in the world of baseball was pardoned: Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was pretty succinct. But it’s enough to scrub the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.
Rangers reliever Jake Diekman will have surgery on January 25 to help alleviate ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. As a result, the lefty will miss at least half of the 2017 regular season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Diekman was diagnosed with the illness when he was 11 years old. He has brought awareness to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America with a “Gut It Out” campaign.
Diekman, who turns 30 years old on Saturday, finished the 2016 campaign with a 3.40 ERA and a 59/26 K/BB ratio in 53 innings. He came to the Rangers from the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade on July 31, 2015.
The Rangers and Diekman avoided arbitration last Friday, agreeing to a $2.55 million salary for the 2017 season.