Houston Astros Sign Former Top Starting Pitcher

The Houston Astros have strategically bolstered their pitching depth by signing former top starter Eric Lauer to a minor league deal, as reported by Chandler Rome of The Athletic.

Lauer, who recently opted out of a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, brings a wealth of experience and potential to the Astros' organization.

His prorated base salary of $1.5 million indicates the team's commitment to investing in reliable arms for their rotation.

Lauer's journey has seen both highs and lows, with standout seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers contrasted by injury-plagued struggles.

From 2021-22, the 28-year-old looked very promising, recording a 3.47 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, with 274 strikeouts across 277.1 innings and 53 appearances with the Brewers.

Despite a challenging 2023 campaign marred by shoulder and elbow issues, Lauer's past performance and young age make him a prime candidate for a reclamation project for the Astros.

With opt-out clauses in his contract, Lauer has the opportunity to prove himself and potentially earn a spot on the Astros' major league roster as they seek stability in their pitching rotation.

For the Astros, Lauer's signing represents a strategic move to address pitching concerns amidst injuries and inconsistencies.

With their rotation facing challenges, Houston aims to tap into Lauer's potential and provide him with an opportunity to contribute at the highest level.

As the season progresses, Lauer's performance in Triple-A Sugar Land could dictate his role in shaping the Astros' pitching landscape and their pursuit of success in the league.

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