Astros sign RHP Joe Smith to two-year deal

Dec 14, 2017 - 4:06 AM After losing reliever Luke Gregerson, the Houston Astros found a veteran bullpen replacement.

The Astros announced Wednesday that they signed sidearming right-hander Joe Smith to a a two-year deal. Financial terms weren't announced.

Earlier this week, Gregerson signed with the St. Louis Cardinals after spending the previous three seasons with Houston. The World Champions moved quickly to add Smith.

Smith, 33, was a combined 3-0 with one save and a 3.33 ERA in 59 appearances with the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians last season. He signed with Toronto as a free agent in February and was dealt to Cleveland on July 31.

In 2017, he allowed a .229 batting average and made four scoreless appearances in Cleveland's five-game loss to the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series.

Smith made his major league debut with the New York Mets in 2007 and is joining his sixth team.

In 11 seasons with the Mets, Indians, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs and Toronto, Smith is 44-28 with 30 saves and a 2.97 ERA in 698 relief appearances.






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