Houston continues to improve its bullpen this offseason.
The Astros signed veteran relief pitcher Matt Albers to a one-year deal with a club option for 2015. The 30-year-old right-hander, who grew up in Sugar Land and played high school ball at Clements High School, is returning to the club that drafted him in the 23rd round in 2001.
Albers appeared in 56 games for the Cleveland Indians last season where he was 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA. He worked his way up through the Astros’ minor league system and made his major league debut in July 2006. After the 2007 season the Astros traded him to the Baltimore Orioles as part of the Miguel Tejada deal. He pitched in Baltimore from 2008-10. Albers spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, but finished 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last season Albers was on the Indians where where he had a 3-1 record with a 3.14 ERA in 56 games.
For his career, he has a 25-31 record in 356 appearances over his eight-year career with a 4.49 ERA.
Albers joins Chad Qualls, who is also a former Astro, as the second right-hander to join the bullpen this offseason. Shoring up the back end of the bullpen was a major goal of the Astros after they led the league in blown saves last season.