The Astros made a big push to sign free agent reliever Andrew Miller before he settled on a four-year, $36 million contract offer from the Yankees. Now the Houston front office is focusing its effort and its budget on a different late-inning option.
Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Astros “continue to pursue” free agent closer David Robertson, and there is a belief that Robertson’s biggest offer could ultimately come from Houston.
It’s odd that a team coming off four consecutive 90-plus loss seasons would want to pay huge money for a closer, but the ‘Stros do have quite a bit of young talent on their roster and in the minors, and they clearly want to have a reliable bullpen in place when that promise turns into a real ability to contend.
Robertson, 29, boasts a dominant 2.20 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, and 12.3 K/9 in 258 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season. If the Astros can’t get him, they’re expected to then try for Sergio Romo.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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