The Houston Astros moved to improve their bullpen Tuesday, acquiring right-handed relievers Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero of the Mariners in exchange for the young Canadian infielder Abraham Toro and veteran right-hander Joe Smith, just hours before the clubs met in Seattle.
Graveman had been the best reliever for a surprising Mariners team that entered the AL West in third place on Tuesday, six games behind the first-place Astros but only one game behind the Athletics. for second place as a wild card in the American League:
A big key for Seattle has been his 23-8 record in one-career games, which the 30-year-old Graveman helped achieve by posting a 0.82 ERA in 30 appearances, to go with a 4-0, 10 record. salvages. Graveman, with a salary of $ 1.25 million, will become a free agent after this season.
Graveman will help a Houston bullpen that entered Tuesday 15th in the majors in ERA and 22nd in the FIP, giving the club a solid double off closer Ryan Pressly.
Smith, a 37-year-old right-hander, has enjoyed a solid 14-year career, but posted a 7.48 ERA in 27 games for the Astros this year. Toro, 24, has spent most of his time at third base, with the switch hitter hitting .211 / .287 / .385 with six home runs in 35 MLB games this season.
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Montero, acquired by Seattle in a trade with Texas last December, started the season as the Mariners’ closer, but ultimately lost his job and was designated for assignment on Friday. He has a 7.27 ERA in 40 appearances this season, allowing 56 hits in 43 1/3 innings.