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.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.