Report: Astros trade Brett Myers to Chicago White Sox
The Houston Astros traded closer Brett Myers to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported on Twitter.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 21, 2012
The Houston Chronicle’s Zachary Levine reported that the Astros received three players from the White Sox in exchange for Myers.
Astros get White Sox RHP Matt Heidenreich, LHP Blair Walters and a player to be named later in Myers deal
— Zachary Levine (@zacharylevine) July 21, 2012
The 31-year-old Myers is 0-4 with a 3.52 ERA in 35 appearances this season. He has converted 19 of 21 save opportunities and has struck out 20 in 30 2/3 innings.
Myers is in the final year of his contract, but he has a vesting option that could guarantee his $10 million option next season if he appears in a certain amount of games. Rosenthal reported in June that the best estimate would be between 40 and 50 games, because the Astros reworked his contract when they converted him from a starter to closer before the season.
The move makes sense for the White Sox, who have the third-worst bullpen ERA in the American League. Rookie Addison Reed, the team’s closer for most of the season, has a 4.24 ERA and has converted 15 of 18 save opportunities.
The White Sox currently have 1/2 game lead on the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.