Brewers sign pitcher Matt Albers to two-year contract
Updated: 2:52 p.m. on January 30, 2018
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers have signed right-handed pitcher Matt Albers to a two-year contract.
To make room for Albers on the 40-man roster, catcher Andrew Susac was designated for assignment. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.
Albers, 35, is coming off his best Major League season after going 7-2 with a 1.62 ERA and 2 saves in a career-high 63 relief appearances with Washington. He surrendered only 35 hits and produced 63 strikeouts in 61.0 innings pitched.
Albers ranked among National League relievers last season in WHIP (2nd, 0.85), opponent batting average (3rd, .166), ERA (3rd, 1.62) and wins (T3rd, 7). Albers has pitched 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with Houston (2006-07 and 2014), Baltimore (2008-10), Boston (2011-12), Arizona(2012), Cleveland (2013), Chicago-AL (2015-16) and Washington (2017).
He has made 515 career appearances, all but 24 of them coming in relief.
Posted: 12:54 p.m. on January 29, 2018
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Free-agent reliever Matt Albers has agreed to a 2-year contract with the Brewers, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal with The Athletic.
The deal is said to be pending a physical and is reportedly worth $5 million.
Free-agent reliever Matt Albers in agreement with #Brewers on a two-year contract, sources tell The Athletic. Deal is pending a physical.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 29, 2018
Albers, who turned 35 on Jan. 20, had a 1.62 ERA in 61 innings for the #Nationals last season, striking out 63, walking 17. He had joined Nats on minor-league deal, got released at end of spring training, then signed another minor-league deal with WAS, returning to majors 4/9.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 29, 2018
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