The Astros had a busy Friday. First, they traded veteran right-handed reliever Pat Neshek to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. Then, the Astros exercised Evan Gattis' 2017 team option, meaning he will remain in Houston next season.
Pat Neshek had a base salary of $5,500,000 in 2016 with a $6,500,000 team option in 2017. Instead of exercising that option, the Astros decided to trade him to Philadelphia earlier today in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.
Neshek was solid in 2016, posting a 3.02 ERA over 60 appearances. I'm going to miss his consistent solid bullpen presence, along with his unorthodox, side-arm sling-shot throwing motion, though I'm hopeful this move is an indication of a bigger splash to come in this off-season. The move was likely also made to help clear space for recent waiver acquisition, Nori Aoki.
One player who will be returning to the Astros in 2017 is Evan Gattis. Evan Gattis earned his 2017 $5,200,000 team option by batting .251/.319/.508 and belting 32 home runs in just 128 games last season. Gattis will likely get time playing DH, but it is unclear how often he will play catcher in 2017.