Astros reach deal with relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek

Astros reach deal with relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek
Pat Neshek agreed to a $12.5-million contract with the Houston Astros. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

The Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5-million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handers were subject to physicals.


Gregerson, 30, spent five years with San Diego, then went 5-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 72 appearances for Oakland last season. Neshek, 34, has pitched for Minnesota, San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis. He was 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA for the Cardinals this year, when he struck out 68 in 67 1-3 innings and was picked for his first All-Star game.

Gregerson, who could take over as closer from Chad Qualls, receives $6 million next year and $6.25 million in each of the final two seasons.

Neshek gets $5.5 million next year and $6.5 million in 2016. The deal includes an option at $6 million to $9 million, depending on his performance, with a $500,000 buyout.

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez.

The 29-year-old Bastardo went 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA this year with the Phillies. He struck out 81 and walked 34 in 64 innings. In six big league seasons — all with the Phillies — he is 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA. He has 324 strikeouts in 259 innings.

Bastardo made $2 million this year and is the 12th Pirates player that is arbitration eligible. He can be a free agent after next season.

A starter, the 23-year-old Rodriguez pitched at double-A this year. He was named an Arizona Fall League top prospect Wednesday.

David Robertson said he is looking forward to playing with Jeff Samardzija on the new-look Chicago White Sox.

Chicago said it completed a $46-million, four-year contract with Robertson, giving the White Sox a sorely needed presence at the back end of their bullpen after they had 21 blown saves last season, tied for seventh most in the majors.

Robertson gets $10 million next year, $11 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018 under the agreement announced Wednesday. The right-hander was 4-5 with a 3.08 ERA and 39 saves this year, when he took over as the New York Yankees' closer following Mariano Rivera's retirement.

Dick Enberg has won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

Baseball's Hall of Fame made the announcement on Wednesday at the winter meetings.

Enberg has been calling Major League Baseball games in Southern California for nearly 20 seasons, split by stints as one of the most recognizable voices on NBC and CBS.

Enberg, who will be 80 next month, is the 39th winner of the Frick Award. He will be honored during the Hall of Fame awards presentation on July 25 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Famed for his call of "Oh my!" Enberg was the voice of the California Angels from 1968 to '78 before shifting to announcing on a national level. He returned to baseball with the San Diego Padres in 2010.