Saturday, July 21, 2012

Houston Astros trade closer Brett Myers to Chicago White Sox -

The Houston Astros just continue to build up their farm system as their season slips away.

On Saturday morning, they shipped closer Brett Myers, and cash considerations, to the Chicago White Sox for right handed pitcher Mark Heidenreich, left handed pitcher Blair Walters, and a player to be named later.

Myers, 31, was 0-4 with a 3.52 earned run average and 19 saves in 30.2 innings this season. He had topped 190 innings pitched in six previous seasons as a starting pitcher but he had a little bit of experience as a closer before 2012. In 2007, he recorded 21 saves in 24 opportunities for the Philadelphia Phillies down the stretch.

He has a $10 million option on his contract for 2013 that vests if he finishes at least 45 games. He's at 29 right now. If the option doesn't vest, the Astros can use a $3 million buyout. They're also expected to pick up the majority of Myers' $11 million contract for the remainder of this season.

"They're in first place," Myers said. "I'm pumped about that and to play for a team that's fighting for a championship. That's why I play the game, to win championships."

This season, the White Sox are in first place in the competitive American League Central, with a 50-43 record.

This is the third major trade for the White Sox this season. On Friday, they traded starting pitcher JA Happ and relievers Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter to the Toronto Blue Jays, and earlier this month they unloaded first baseman Carlos Lee and his massive contract to the Miami Marlins.

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