(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) — The Houston Astros have named Brett Myers their new closer, replacing Mark Melancon, who was dealt in the off-season to the Boston Red Sox.
The 31-year-old right-hander was the Astros’ Opening Day starter last season, finishing the year 7-14 with a 4.46 ERA and 160 strikeouts. Myers last closed in 2007, when he saved 21 games for the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I think it’s kinda of exciting for everybody,” Astros manager Brad Mills said. “He’s got the ability, he’s got the desire, and he’s got the competitive nature to be able to do that.”
The Astros were 25 of 50 in save opportunities last season, dropping 28 one-run games.
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