Brett Myers, a pitcher who spent his first eight seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, has signed a deal to join the Houston Astros. The contract is believed to be worth at least $5 million over one season, however there are incentives that could raise the overall value of the deal.
The 29-year-old righty has experience as a starter and a relief pitcher. In fact, he had 21 saves in the 2007 season. Last year, Myers battled injures and finished with a 4-3 record and a 4.84 ERA. He started ten games and came out of the bullpen in eight other contests.
Myers came into the big leagues with a lot of promise but hasn’t really lived up to his potential. His best season was in 2005 when he was 13-8 with a 3.72 ERA. In 215.1 innings that season, he had 208 strikeouts.
The Astros will likely use Myers as a starter. If he can stay healthy, he could end up being a bargain for Houston. Even if Myers can’t handle starting duties, he can likely be a useful part of the Astros bullpen.