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Brett Myers Signs with Indians


Former Astros starter and closer, Brett Myers, has agreed to a one year deal with a club option with the Cleveland Indians. Myers owns a career record of 97-93 with a 4.20 ERA in 11 seasons with the Phillies, Astros and White Sox. Having closed for the Phillies and Astros in the past, Myers is expected to slot into Cleveland’s rotation for the 2013 season. He will be reunited with former Astros manager, Brad Mills, who now serves as Cleveland’s third base coach under new manager Terry Francona.

Brett Myers (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)
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Myers was a first round pick of the Phillies back in 1999, coincidentally, Terry Francona (Myers manager with the Indians for the 2013 season) was Philadelphia’s manager the year they drafted him. After spending eight seasons with the Phillies and a total of 12 years in their organization, Myers signed a two year deal with a club option for a third year with the Houston Astros. He pitched superbly in 2010 to the tune of a 14-10 record with a 3.14 ERA. His 2011 was not so hot as he posted a record of 7-14 with a 4.46 ERA. Before  the 2012 season began, it was announced that Myers would open the season as the Astros closer, a role he had in Philadelphia during the 2007 season. Myers thrived in this role for the Astros, compiling 17 saves en route to a 3.54 ERA.

As most of you will remember, Myers was traded to the Chicago White Sox for three minor league pitchers, Matthew Heidenreich, Blair Walters and Chris Devenski, the latter of which, pitched a no-hitter for the Class A Lexington Legends after being acquired by the Astros.

Myers will join a Cleveland team that has been very active this offseason, having acquired OF Drew Stubbs and SP, Trevor Bauer through trades and signing 1B/3B Mark Reynolds and OF Nick Swisher.