The Astros have agreed to terms with Will Harris, who has been one of the most reliable relievers in the game for the past two seasons.
will harris: 2.2M in ’17, 2.8M in ’18, 5.5M club option in ’19 (increases to 6.5M w/15 gf in ’18, 7.5M w/25, 8.5M w/35)
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 6, 2017
Harris is a rare case, peaking last year at the age of 30 and following that up with another solid season. However, when thrusted into the closer role last season he struggled to the point where he eventually lost the job. The clauses above in Heyman’s tweet refer to increases revolving around games finished, so you can bet he won’t be closing anytime soon unless the Astros want to pay him more.
So that means Houston is paying $5MM over the next two seasons for a set-up level reliever, which isn’t uncommon in today’s MLB. The concerning factor is Harris’ age, but despite his gray hairs he definitely deserves this type of deal. He could prove extremely valuable for a team who should be at least in contention for a postseason run.