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White Sox to sign Kelvin Herrera

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Jeff Passan reports that the Chicago White Sox are in agreement on a two-year, $18 million deal with reliever Kelvin Herrera. There is a vesting third-year option as well.

Herrera pitched for the Royals and Nationals last year, putting up a combined 2-3 record with a 2.44 ERA in 44 games. He was the closer for the Royals and, initially anyway, set up for the Nats, moving into closing duties once Sean Doolittle was injured. Herrera’s own season ended on August 26 when he was carted off the field after tearing the Lisfranc ligament in his left foot. The Lisfranc ligament connects several bones in the foot. I did not know that and I imagine neither did most of you.

In all Herrera picked up 17 saves on the year. He struck out 38 batters and walked 10 in 44.1 innings. He’ll likely close for the White Sox.

Report: Astros, Ryan Pressly close to agreement on two-year, $17.5 million extension

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Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros and reliever Ryan Pressly are close to finalizing a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension, which will also include a third-year vesting club option. Rome notes that the extension is believed to be the largest, in terms of both total money and average annual value, for a reliever who is not a closer.

Pressly, 30, agreed to a $2.9 million salary for the 2019 season back in January, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. The Astros acquired Pressly from the Twins near the end of July in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Pressly posted a 3.40 ERA in 47 2/3 innings with the Twins and a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with the Astros. In the playoffs, Pressly allowed just one run on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts across five innings of work.

Along with Héctor Rondón, Pressly will once again help bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.