HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Astros have signed free agent right-handed reliever HéctorNeris to a two-year contract, Astros General Manager James Click announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Neris, 32, has served as both a setup man and closer in his seven-plus seasons (2014-21) in the Major Leagues, all of which have been with the Phillies. In 2021, he posted 12 saves in his 74 appearances with a 3.63 ERA while striking out 98 batters and allowing just 55 hits in 74.1 innings of work (11.87 SO/9IP). Among NL relievers, Neris ranked second to LHP Josh Hader (102 SO) in strikeouts (98) and was third in appearances (74). Following the All-Star Break, he was 3-2 in 36 appearances, mostly in a setup role, with a 2.70 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 40.0 innings of work while posting a .175 opponents batting average.
In his career, Neris has been one of the most durable relievers in the Majors. His 372 appearances since 2016 are tops in the NL while his 478 strikeouts in that span rank fifth. While serving as the Phillies closer, Neris tallied 26 saves in 2017 and a career-best 28 saves in 2019. In 2016 in a setup role, he reached career highs in appearances (79), innings (80.1) and strikeouts (102) while posting a career-best 2.58 ERA.
Neris leaves the Phillies as the franchise leader in career strikeouts by a reliever with 520 while ranking fourth in overall career appearances with 405.