Astros sign reliever Oscar Villarreal

December 28, 2007 at 1:15 pm 6 comments


The Houston Astros signed right-hander Oscar Villarreal to a two-year, $2.85 million contract Friday. The deal, worth $1 million in 2008 and $1.6 million in 2009, includes a $250,000 signing bonus and a $2 million club option for 2010. This is another very good deal much like the Matt Wise deal.

The Astros added a good reliever for minimal cost. The length isn’t too bad when you figure in his age and the option is at a very low cost. The Astros still aren’t improved more than a win with this deal and that still keeps them at a below .500 team realistically.

The 26-year-old Villarreal was traded by Atlanta for outfielder Josh Anderson last month. He was 2-2 with a save and a 4.24 ERA for the Braves last season.

Villarreal is 23-12 with a 3.71 ERA in a five-year career that started in Arizona. He set an NL rookie record with 86 appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2003, when he was 10-7 with a 2.57 ERA.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aaron Boynton  |  December 29, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Astros also signed OF Darrin Erstad to a 1 year, $1 million deal.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 29, 2007 at 11:09 am

    I saw that. Not much help there, but I guess he can be a late game defensive replacement or pinch runner. He has ZERO pop in his bat.

  • 3. Erik  |  December 29, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    My first instinct on both signings is eh! Villareal is a decent reliever and Erstad is a shell of the player he once was. Does it make the Astros a better team? Maybe, Maybe Valverde made a recommendation for Villareal? I don’t think the Astros will be much of a contender cause of their lack of starting pitching beyond Oswalt. I think Cubs are the best in that division with no real obstacles in their way. I don’t think either signing will be the signing that takes them to the elite.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 29, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    I think the Brewers are the team to beat in that division. I might be a little biased because in 2006 I had already picked the Brewers to represent the NL in the World Series and I’m gonna try to stick to that prediction unless they prove elsewise.

  • 5. Charlie Nehl  |  December 31, 2007 at 9:31 am

    He’s really a decent middle reliever, and a spot starter. They got a pretty good deal for him, but as mentioned before, they need starting pitching more than anything. It’s a step in the right direction (what they’ve done this offseason), but starting pitching starting pitching starting pitching.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 31, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Good call on him being a spot starter. I forgot he can spot start.


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