The Houston Astros made a big splash in free agency Wednesday by reeling in one of the most sought-after relievers on the market in Luke Gregerson.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the 'Stros and Gregerson reached an agreement that will pay him more than $6 million per season over three years:
Nightengale also provided a yearly breakdown of the contract:
As ESPN's Buster Olney notes, the Astros signed multiple skilled relievers Wednesday, overhauling their bullpen over the course of 24 hours:
The 30-year-old righty was among the preeminent setup men in baseball last season, as he posted a 2.12 ERA in 72 appearances for the Oakland Athletics. He previously spent five campaigns with the San Diego Padres, and he boasts a sparkling career ERA of 2.75.
Gregerson has filled in at closer at various points throughout his career, but he has almost exclusively been a setup reliever. It remains to be seen how Houston will utilize him; however, it should be noted that incumbent closer Chad Qualls remains on the roster.
It seems as though the Astros are still a long way from contention, but adding an elite bullpen piece like Gregerson will undoubtedly give Houston a chance to win more close games than it has in recent years.
Follow @MikeChiari on Twitter