Astros sign Luke Gregerson for $18.5 million

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Houston failed to land free agent relievers Andrew Miller or David Robertson, but the Astros have snagged their No. 3 bullpen target.

Bob Nightingale of USA Today reports that the Astros have signed right-hander Luke Gregerson to a three-year, $18.5 million deal.

Gregerson spent this past season with the A’s, throwing 72 innings with a 2.12 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in a setup role. He has a lifetime 2.75 ERA in 435 appearances, with a sub-3.25 ERA in each of his six seasons as a big leaguer.

Calling pitcher-friendly Petco Park home for his first five seasons definitely helped Gregerson’s raw numbers, but it’s still impressive that he’s thrown the second-most innings of any reliever since 2009 (behind only Tyler Clippard) and ranks ninth in ERA during that time.