Veteran bullpen help has arrived, for real this time, in the form of Brett Myers. The White Sox have reportedly acquired Myers from the Astros. Details are slim right now and it’s unclear what the Sox are sending in return, but in all likelihood it will be organizational filler while the club provides some salary clearance for Houston.
Myers is due somewhere around $5M for the remainder of the 2012 season and has a club option for 2013 which includes a $3M buyout. In an 11 year career in which he has spent most of his time starting, Myers has been closing for the Astros this year, earning 19 saves. He’s been pitching fairly well and holds a 116 ERA+ in 30.2 innings for the 2012 Astros. Bullpen help is sorely needed for the White Sox and this should be a boon to the efforts to maintain control of the division.
The Sox have made the trade official, sending Matt Heidenreich, Blair Walters and a player to be named later in exchange for Brett Myers and cash.