Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:14:10 -0700
Houston Astros RP Matt Albers has returned to the team after being on paternity leave.
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:48:37 -0700
Houston Astros RP Matt Albers will be placed on the paternity list Tuesday, April 8, and the team will replace him on the roster with RP Josh Zeid, according to a source.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:49:06 -0700
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros RPs Matt Albers, Chad Qualls and Joshua Fields will form the team's closer-by-committee, at least to start the year. In the team's opening day win over the New York Yankees Tuesday, April 1, RP Kevin Chapman stranded three inherited runners in the seventh before RP Chad Qualls induced a double-play groundball after the Yanks scored twice in the eighth. Albers worked a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation. "Tonight Qualls and Albers were able to get the job done," manager Bo Porter said. Porter said his choices in the late innings will depend on game circumstances and matchups.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:49:31 -0700
Houston Astros RPs Chad Qualls, Matt Albers and Joshua Fields are amidst the team's closer committee. "A lot of it will depend on the match-ups," pitching coach Brent Strom said. "Obviously, with the one left-hander (Kevin Chapman) we have on the staff, Albers and Qualls qualify as left-handed pitchers given the repertoire and the way they throw. One of the things that Fields brings to the table is the strikeouts, which obviously is an important stat."
Fantasy Tip: Qualls is the safe bet because of his experience, but Fields is the wild card. He possesses a much liver arm and could be thrust into the role with early season success.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:55:16 -0700
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said the team will likely go with a closer-by-committee to start the season, as none of the five closing options including RPs Chad Qualls, Joshua Fields, Kevin Chapman, Matt Albers and Anthony Bass have separated themselves in the competition for ninth-inning duties. Qualls had appeared to be the favorite at the start of camp.
Fantasy Tip: Qualls is still probably the favorite to get the majority of looks in the ninth inning, and he's the only guy you should be looking to own to start the year. Jesse Crain will start the season on the DL, but once he's healthy, he could easily take the closing duties to himself.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:04:43 -0800
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said RPs Jesse Crain, Chad Qualls and Matt Albers will be considered for closer this year, along with RP Joshua Fields. The team would ideally prefer to have one closer, but it may not be that way to start the year. Experience-wise, Qualls may have a leg up. Porter wants his closer to be able to induce weak groundballs, as well.
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:42:44 -0800
The Houston Astros are thought to still have interest in RP Jose Veras despite their signing of free-agent RP Matt Albers to a one-year contract on Monday, Dec. 16.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:09:29 -0800
The Houston Astros agreed to a one-year, $2.45 million deal with free-agent RP Matt Albers (Indians) Monday, Dec. 16. The contract includes a $3 million option for the 2015 season with a $200,000 buyout.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:40:53 -0800
The Cleveland Indians have been interested in re-signing free-agent RP Matt Albers, but talk has mostly been about a one-year deal. Several teams have asked about Albers, and at least one team has offered a two-year deal. That team is believed to be an American League Central Division rival, perhaps the Detroit Tigers or Chicago White Sox.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:46:27 -0700
The Cleveland Indians reinstated RP Matt Albers from the restricted list Monday, April 22, and designated RP Fernando Nieve for assignment in a corresponding move.