MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that the Astros have signed reliever Joe Smith to a contract, pending a physical. According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, the deal is worth $14 million over two years.
Smith, 33, spent last season with the Blue Jays and Indians, putting up an aggregate 3.33 ERA with a 71/10 K/BB ratio across 54 innings.
Smith will bolster the back end of the Astros’ bullpen behind closer Ken Giles.
Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.
Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.
At least Josh Reddick is saying it:
It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.