The Astros dealt right-handed reliever Pat Neshek to the Astros on Friday afternoon, per a report from Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan. The Phillies will pick up Neshek’s $6.5 million club option in 2017, while the Astros will receive cash or a player to be named later.
Neshek improved in his second season with the Astros, producing a 3.06 ERA and 3.91 K/BB rate over 47 innings in 2016. His Achilles’ heel looks like a prototypical left-handed hitter, as he faced lefties in just 12 1/3 innings with an inflated batting line of .240/.321/.646. With his loss, the Astros could fill the gap in their bullpen with one of several internal options, including left-hander Kevin Chapman and right-handers Brad Peacock, Brady Rodgers, and James Hoyt, though outside options have not been explicitly ruled out.
The Phillies, meanwhile, will deepen their reserve of relief arms with Neshek as they work on rebuilding for 2017. The veteran righty’s side-winding delivery makes him most effective against right-handed batters, and while he appeared to peak with the Cardinals in 2014 (1.87 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in 67 1/3 innings), he looks to be a decent and affordable option for the club.