Astros agree to three-year deal with reliever Rafael Montero

Astros agree to three-year deal with reliever Rafael Montero
Rafael Montero and the Astros are in agreement on a three-year, $34.5M deal, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN. Montero is the third reliever to fall off the board early, after the Padres re-signed Robert Suarez and the Mets held on to Edwin Diaz.It’s a remarkable deal considering Montero has amassed just 0.1 bWAR over his career and had an ERA north of six just last year, but it speaks to how good he’s looked since landing in Houston and the early value teams are placing on high-end relief pitching. Montero, 32, tossed 68 1/3 innings out of Houston’s pen this year in addition to six innings thrown late last year after coming over from Seattle, posting a 2.18 ERA in that time with a 26.8% strikeout rate and an 8.6% walk rate. He’d posted an ugly 7.27 ERA (albeit with decent peripherals) in Seattle last year, before the...