Astros Sign Brett Myers

The Astros officially signed Brett Myers to a one-year, $5.1MM deal today.  His contract pays $3.1MM in 2010 and has an $8MM mutual option/$2MM buyout for '11.  ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick first tweeted that the Astros were talking to the right-hander about a starting job and MLB.com's Brian McTaggart followed up with a couple Tweets of his own, first indicating that the Astros had signed Myers, then passing the specifics alongAlyson Footer tweeted salary details today.

Myers' ERA and hit rates have risen for two consecutive seasons and his strikeout rate dropped for the second straight year in 2009. His average fastball lost velocity and his slider lost effectiveness. To his credit, Myers lowered his walk rate last year and allowed a disproportionately high homer total.  He was sidelined for much of the season due to hip surgery.

The Astros are hoping that Myers can recover his 2005-06 form. The 29-year-old made 30 starts in both seasons, keeping his ERA below 4.00. Myers joins Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez in a rotation that will likely include two of Brian Moehler, Bud Norris and Felipe Paulino.  The Astros have committed over $28MM this offseason to Myers, Matt Lindstrom, Pedro Feliz, Brandon Lyon, Jason Michaels, Geoff Blum, and others – more than they were thought to have available.


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81 Comments on "Astros Sign Brett Myers"


HansonAce
5 years 7 months ago

The band box in Houston might not be the best fit for Meyers but if wants to start and there are limited opportunities with his salary wants he may have to settle for what he can get….Astros are pretty despert at this point it looks like in getting any starter that can fit in their current budget

richphillies
5 years 7 months ago

Minute Maid Park isn’t, and has not been, a bandbox in a few years now.

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah it’s always a good thing when a guy allows too many homers. Just kidding Ben, I got your point, but just not sure the high HR/F rate was due to bad luck or more towards Myers simply laying too many fat ones down the middle.

P.S. Maybe I missed the memo, but am I the only person who has to log in each time I want to comment on a new post?

HansonAce
5 years 7 months ago

P.S. I have had no issues like that at all….

Mickeyblue
5 years 7 months ago

No I have to log in everytime I want to post as well. Someone suggested Firefox but I cannot get Firefox on my labtop due to our network security in our business. There should be a way to stay logged in w/ IE

johnsilver
5 years 7 months ago

Wade just gave Lyon 3/15M, nothing is out of the question with regards to how outrageous of an offer he will offer up to Myers, one of the long finished NL even starters, that was barely passable as an innings eater several years ago.

Go ahead Wade, give out another horrible contract. Feliz, Lyon, is Myers the next this off season?

cibaknife
5 years 7 months ago

Interesting that they would consider Myers after they got rid of Julio Lugo several years ago for beating his wife (allegedly).

alamosweet
5 years 7 months ago

Only signing Brett Myers could make this team more mediocre than it already is.

5 years 7 months ago

I would imagine that with Tejada and Valverde off the books, there is still some money left. Myers wouldn’t be that bad of a signing, well would have been if Lyons wasn’t signed to such a ridiculous contract

5 years 7 months ago

And, Feliz was a decent signing, I think. Sure y’all will beat me up over that one.

5 years 7 months ago

It wasn’t a terrible signing, he just got overpaid.

kornut11
5 years 7 months ago

as long as he doesn’t take innings away from Paulino, i don’t give a crap (i am a hardcore Astros fan). He can’t be any worse than Moehler… let them battle it out for the #5 spot and the other is the long man in the BP.

Laputian
5 years 7 months ago

Come on man, this is the Astros. You know if we sign him he will take the place of either Norris or Paulino and that Moehler will somehow remain as a starter.

predator69
5 years 7 months ago

we could have got DUCKWORTH BACK instead

PREDATOR7
5 years 7 months ago

COULD HAVE HAD DUCKWORTH BACK
I WOULD RATHER HAVE HIM THAN MEYERS

johnsilver
5 years 7 months ago

Right. The guy is not the worst person to have around at all, just giving a journeyman like this 4.5M is horrendous and Wade makes a habit of doing it.

Put it like this.. Boston was waving Mikey Lowell around to anybody and willing to eat 9M of his 12M salary and he will provide a good bat for sure, his range may not be there, but his bat will for a fact and in Houston can count on it being lethal. Feliz? He couldn’t even put up offensive numbers in Philly, what made Wade think he was going to hit in Houston, much less give him 4.5M? Wade just give out such bone headed contracts, it makes you wonder and he does it every off season.

Shame that Flash Cooper couldn’t have fired him instead last season…

carlland
5 years 7 months ago

4.5 million is not bad for 12 homers and 82 rbi’s. mike lowell is hurt we dont know what he going to hit this year.Feliz well hit more homers in houston with the short field in left he’s a pull hitter.so u dont know your beaseball sir.

Alex
5 years 7 months ago

While you allude to Lowell’s declining range somehow you can’t make the leap to understanding the value of Feliz’s defense. I’d agree that trading for Lowell and cash may have been the better move but I doubt that Feliz’s deal will hurt the Astros this season. Because defense is fairly consistent year to year (moreso then offense/injuries) his value at $4.5 versus Lowell at say $3.0 is a good bit less risky.

The problem for the Astros is that they’re such a weak team that they should be taking gambles (Lowell’s higher upside) on one year deals rather then settle for the safe option. Furthermore, they may have been able to get Feliz or a player of his caliber slightly cheaper if they waited the market out a bit.

As for Myers – well, good riddance to a bad human being. As a contract it may be a good value if he bounces back from a couple bad years/injuries but I’m glad to be rid of him.

5 years 7 months ago

I want to know the price on this one.

5 years 7 months ago

Wow, didn’t even realize Myers was a FA. How much he has fallen is pretty crazy, will be interested to see what the numbers end up at.

bomberj11
5 years 7 months ago

Closer, or starter?

PREDATOR7
5 years 7 months ago

FAST EDDY IS THE ONE THAT DRAFTED HIM FOR THE PHILLIES
YOU WILL LOVE HIS ATTITUDE LOL

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Does anybody else think that this signing was completely unnecessary?

faceless64
5 years 7 months ago

I’ve seen better bargain shopping at Wal-Mart.

5 years 7 months ago

Not really sure what the ‘Stros are expecting from Myers but it’s a typical Ed Wade move. Ex-Phillie, some upside but way too much downside, expensive considering there are still other, cheaper options, etc… I suppose it depends on what Myers gets paid but doubtful it’s going to be cheap enough.

What would we do without guys like Wade to make us all think we’re smart enough to be GM’s?

mike8709
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, he’s such a bonehead, trading Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva. Oh, wait, that was Jim Hendry! What a d-bag.

5 years 7 months ago

Myers will be 30 before the 2010 season ends. For his career he’s 10 wins above .500 but his career whip is 1.357 and his career era+ is 99. Even at his best he still put up era’s of 3.72 and 3.91 (118 & 120 era+ respectively). He’s had essentially two years that he was adequate as a starter and one year when he was adequate as a reliever. He hasn’t been good or particularly healthy the last two years. He’s also had some pretty well publicized off field issues as well.

Add it all up and I can’t see why anyone would spend more than say, $1 million to bring him in for a year and try him out, see if he’s healthy and maybe get someone who can be relatively productive at that price. Only someone like Wade would fall for Myers (mostly unearned) name value and pay him anything close to what Myers thinks he’s worth.

AirAttack714
5 years 7 months ago

brett myers at 5 million > carlos silva for free

johnsilver
5 years 7 months ago

“What would we do without guys like Wade to make us all think we’re smart enough to be GM’s?”

When there are maroons out there like Wade, Hendry, Minay, Moore that make one foolish move after the other and somehow manage to keep their jobs year after year and in the case of Minaya, after wrecking one team (Montreal) get another team to wreck in the Mets.. It’s hard not to imagine that an amateur could take over and do a better job…

williebeamen9er
5 years 7 months ago

MLB wrecked tye expos not minaya

CesarRomero
5 years 7 months ago

You’re absolutely right. I suggest you write angry letters to each of those men and tell them what maroons they are. That’ll teach ’em.

johnsilver
5 years 7 months ago

HAHA. If the records of these teams and the fan base they have is not good enough for them to get tossed out? Who cares? Let them continue to get ran into the ground right?