The Chicago White Sox on Saturday acquired closer Brett Myers from the Houston Astros, lending experience and stability to a bullpen that has been among the worst in the American League.
Myers, who returned to the bullpen this season after serving as a starter for most of the previous four seasons, had 19 saves, two blown saves and a 3.52 ERA in 35 appearances for the Astros.
In return, the Astros received minor-league pitchers Matt Heidenreich and Blair Walters. On Friday, the Astros dealt set-up man Brandon Lyon and starter J.A. Happ to the Toronto Blue Jays in a 10-player trade. So, their rebuilding effort is at full throttle.
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Typically aggressive at the trading deadline, the White Sox sought a veteran hand in a bullpen that features 23-year-old Addison Reed as its closer and a host of early twenty-somethings in key roles. The rotation has two 23-year-olds in Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. The White Sox lead the AL with 15 blown saves.
The White Sox could use either Reed or Myers in the ninth inning. Reed has 15 saves and blown three, two in the past week.
Myers is due about $5 million over the remainder of this season, of which the Astros will cover all but $1 million. Myers also has a $10-million option for next season or a $3-million buyout.
The White Sox also activated veteran reliever Jesse Crain from their disabled list Saturday.
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