It’s as though the pair were meant to be together. Today, the Astros claimed Mickey Storey off waivers from the Yankees. This comes less than three weeks after the Astros designated him for assignment and he was picked up by the Yankees.
After making his MLB debut this past August, Storey appeared in 26 games for the Astros. Storey finished the season 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 30.1 innings over 26 appearances. He struck out 34 batters in 30.1 innings pitched this year and played fairly well for the Astros after being called up to the major league club. He served as a breath of fresh air (along with the recently departed Wilton Lopez) as bright spots in the Astros horrible bullpen during the 2012 season.
Storey’s re-addition to the team puts the roster limit at the maximum of 40 players after today’s Rule 5 Draft. There is almost certainly still moves to be made as both SS Jed Lowrie and SP Bud Norris (both veterans and arguably the two best players on the team) have been the subject of trade rumors this week at the Winter Meetings as General Manager, Jeff Luhnow, acknowledged he had received multiple offers for both players. So buckle up, Astros fans, the fun isn’t ending, its just beginning.