Cross one name off the list of relief pitchers who might become New York Mets by the July 31 MLB non-waiver trade deadline. The Houston Astros have traded veteran right-hander Brett Myers to the Chicago White Sox.
Here is part of the report from MLB.com:
The Astros continued to restock their farm system on Saturday by trading veteran pitcher Brett Myers and cash considerations to the White Sox in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Heidenreich, left-handed pitcher Blair Walters and a player to be named later.
Myers spoke exclusively to MLB.com on Saturday about the trade, saying he was excited to be going to a White Sox team that's in first place in the American League Central.
"They're in first place," he said. "I'm pumped about that and to play for a team that's fighting for a championship. That's why I play the game, to win championships."
Myers, who closed for the Phillies in 2007, has saved 19 of 21 games this year for the Astros. He has a $10 million option for 2013 that vests if he finishes 45 games this year. He has finished 29 games so far. There's a $3 million buyout if the option doesn't vest.
The Astros are expected to pick up most of the remainder of Myers' $11 million contract for this year.