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Matt Albers | Relief Pitcher | #43

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 264
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: San Jacinto (TX) JC
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 23 (0) / HOU
Contract: view contract details
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Matt Albers earned his second save of the season on Sunday, retiring all three hitters the faced to preserve a one-run advantage.
Nationals' manager Dusty Baker continues to mix and match in the late innings, searching desperately for a mix that works. The veteran right-hander has been outstanding this season, registering a 0.61 ERA and 0.55 WHIP across 14 2/3 innings. He's as good of a bet as any if speculating on save chances in Washington. May 14 - 11:03 PM

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Matt Albers suffered his first blown save on Sunday, giving up a three-run homer to Aaron Altherr in the eighth inning.

Albers entered with two-men on and a three-run lead to protect in the eighth and immediately gave it away by giving up the long ball to Altherr. It's the first run that Albers has allowed all season and he still owns a tremendous 0.77 ERA and 0.51 WHIP, but the fact that it came in a save situation could be enough to have Dusty Baker look elsewhere in the ninth inning.
May 7 - 6:35 PM

Matt Albers fired a scoreless ninth inning against the Phillies on Friday for his first career save.

Finally. Albers entered Friday’s action with the most career games (460) without a save. He hit Cesar Hernandez with a pitch to begin the bottom of the ninth, but he retired the next three batters he faced, notching a pair of strikeouts along the way. The closer job is wide open with Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover on the shelf. Albers, Joe Blanton, Enny Romero, and Blake Treinen could all be in the mix here.
May 5 - 11:00 PM

Nationals purchased the contract of RHP Matt Albers from Triple-A Syracuse.

Albers failed to win an Opening Day roster spot but didn't have to wait long for a promotion. He'll work in middle relief.
Apr 9 - 10:54 AM

Nationals re-signed RHP Matt Albers to a minor league contract.

Albers is back with the same team that released him three days ago. He'll earn $1.15 million if he cracks the major league roster with another $600,000 available through incentives. The contract includes opt-outs on May 15 and June 1. The 34-year-old is likely to start off the year with Triple-A Syracuse.
Mar 30 - 10:59 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that Matt Albers could return to the Nationals on another minor league contract.

Albers was released by the Nationals on Monday morning, but he is apparently going to stay in contact with the club while he looks for a major league opportunity elsewhere. The 34-year-old right-hander tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, after posting a 6.31 ERA in 51 1/13 frames last season with the White Sox.
Mar 27 - 2:56 PM

Nationals released RHP Matt Albers.

Albers tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he still wasn't able to secure a spot in the Nationals' bullpen. The 34-year-old right-hander inked a non-guaranteed minor league contract with Washington in late January after posting a 6.31 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 51 1/3 innings with the White Sox in 2016.
Mar 27 - 9:14 AM

Nationals signed RHP Matt Albers to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Albers ultimately had to settle for a minor league deal after struggling with a 6.31 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 51 1/3 innings in 2016. The 34-year-old became a free agent back in November after the White Sox understandably declined their $3 million club option on him for 2017. He'll try to win a bullpen spot with Washington in the spring.
Jan 31 - 2:34 PM

White Sox declined their $3 million option on RHP Matt Albers.

Albers gets a $250,000 buyout instead and will officially become a free agent early next week. The right-handed reliever finished the 2016 season with a brutal 6.31 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 51 1/3 innings.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 01:37:00 PM

Matt Albers will make a spot start Saturday night against the Tigers.

Chris Sale had to be scratched because of a cold. This will be Albers' first start since 2008. He probably won't go more than three or maybe four innings.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 06:04:00 PM

Matt Albers scored the go-ahead run and earned the win as the White Sox defeated the Mets 2-1 in 13 innings Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.

Albers slugged a leadoff double to left-center in the top of the 13th inning, made it to third base on a wild pitch, and then hustled home on a Jose Abreu sacrifice fly to put the visiting White Sox up 2-1. That was after he had thrown a scoreless frame in the bottom of the 12th, and he did the same in the bottom of the 13th. Vintage deadball-era stuff from the 33-year-old reliever.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 06:08:00 PM

White Sox re-signed RHP Matt Albers to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The deal includes a $3 million club option for 2017. Albers owned a microscopic 1.21 ERA in 37 1/3 innings with the Sox this past season. It's a bit surprising, then, that he was only able to score a one-year deal, but the Sox will almost certainly exercise their option if he pitches anywhere close to as well as he did this past season.
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets are expected to have interest in free agent reliever Matt Albers.

Albers missed a large chunk of 2015 due to a fractured pinkie suffered in a brawl, but he posted a 1.21 ERA over 30 appearances when healthy and didn't allow a run over his final 22 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander has averaged just 6.8 K/9 in his career, but he makes up for it with his proven ability to induce ground balls. He could fetch a multi-year deal in this market.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 10:59:00 AM

Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that interest in Matt Albers is "picking up."

Albers missed significant time with a broken finger in 2015 but pitched well when healthy, posting a 1.21 ERA while not allowing a single earned run over his final two months. Nicholson-Smith says multiple teams are interested, so the reliever could net a multi-year contract.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 03:50:00 PM

White Sox activated RHP Matt Albers from the 15-day disabled list.

Albers made eight rehab appearances to show the Sox he was ready. The reliever has been on the shelf since late April due to a fractured pinkie.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 10:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Michael Taylor
2Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koda Glover
2Shawn Kelley
3Blake Treinen
4Sammy Solis
5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Jacob Turner
8Matt Albers
9Enny Romero
10Matt Grace