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Astros sign Tony Sipp


The Astros appear to be making the most of their off day. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports via Twitter that the Astros are signing LHP Tony Sipp. Could this mean the Raul Valdes experience is over?

Astros left-handers have failed to provide any relief this season and Sipp is a somewhat desperate attempt to improve upon that particular shortcoming. I’m not going to bore you with any stats (or bother to look them up) let’s just say they’ve been bad …really bad. We all know it. What I can tell you is:  the Astros overall bullpen ERA of 5.86 is the highest in the league.

Sipp, who was pitching for the Padres AAA El Paso Chihuahuas, (love that name) is a veteran of five big league campaigns. He spent 2009 through 2012 with the Indians before being traded to Arizona prior to last season. Sipp appeared in 56 games for the D-Backs, posting an ERA+ of only 80 and a robust 5.3 BB/9 IP.  Arizona did not renew his contract and Sipp signed with the Padres in February.

In 14 & 2/3 AAA innings this season with El Paso, Sipp has allowed 14 hits and issued only two walks. The Padres are granting him his release to allow the Astros to sign the 30-year old lefty. A corresponding move will need to be made to make room for Tony on the active roster as well as the 40-man roster. Any guesses who that might be?

 

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  • bob mac

    season Not our money. come on bring up the minors, this could be a longer

  • bob mac

    Sorry bad post. Big thumb.

  • John Stukes

    Growing up in the KC area in the 1970′s, my favorite Astro was John Mayberry. Thank you, Houston!
    BTW, I moved to Houston in 1987. I saw Nolan Ryan’s 4500th career strikeout at the Astrodome. I saw Roger Clemens’ 4500th career strikeout at Minute Maid Park. I also went to the same university in Missouri as Mr. Crane, though a couple years after him. The Astros are my one and only team (baseball team)

  • Bob Gordon

    Normally I would not be very optimistic about the Sipp signing. In this case, however, it’s a positive move; he simply HAS to be better than Chapman/Valdes to date, right? The Astros could sign my basset hound to pitch in left-handed relief and it would be an improvement.