Pat Neshek was “seconds away” from signing with Pirates

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Pat Neshek agreed to a two-year, $12.5 million contract with Houston this morning, but the side-arming reliever admitted to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he “was probably seconds away from signing with Pittsburgh.”

According to Neshek he told his agent to accept the Pirates’ offer, but before they got off the phone the Astros called and upped their bid when they found out.

Neshek had two-year offers from a total of eight different teams following a remarkable comeback season in which he threw 67 innings with a 1.87 ERA and 68/9 K/BB ratio for the Cardinals while making his first All-Star team at age 33.