Reports: Astros agree with Gregerson; Neshek next?
The Astros are reportedly making significant moves to shore up their bullpen, agreeing with Luke Gregerson to a three-year deal and closing in on a two-year contract with fellow late-innings guy Pat Neshek.
USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale first reported the news on both pitchers who, along with Chad Qualls, will help to give Houston one of the best back ends in baseball.
Gregerson is reportedly receiving $18.5 million over three years — $6 million in 2015, $6.25 million in 2016 and $6.25 million in 2017, with enough incentives written into the contract that he could make as much as $21 million total — while Nightengale says the Astros and Neshek are also nearing a multi-year deal.
Nightengale says that Gregerson’s deal is a record for a non-closer, but the right-hander has long been one of the most dependable setup men in the game. Last year, his first with the A’s after five seasons with the Padres, he went 5-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 72 outings.
Neshek also had a standout 2014 with the Cardinals, going 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA in 71 appearances out of the ‘pen.
— Joey Nowak