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Pat Neshek | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/4/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Astros signed RHP Pat Neshek to a two-year, $12.5 million contract with a club option for 2017.
The option will be worth between $6.5 million and $9 million, depending on how many games Neshek finishes the next two seasons. Neshek parlayed a minor league contract last January with the Cardinals into an All-Star season that saw him post a 1.87 ERA and 68/9 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings. He could be in the mix to close some games in Houston but most likely will function as a setup man. Dec 12 - 1:15 PM

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Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Pat Neshek will a two-year, $12.5 million contract from the Astros.

The deal also includes an option for a third year. McTaggart writes that Neshek was about to sign with the Pirates before the Astros improved their offer at the last minute. It was enough to get the deal done. The Astros have committed $31 million to the back-end of their bullpen with the additions of Neshek and Luke Gregerson.
Dec 10 - 11:09 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Astros have reached a deal with reliever Pat Neshek.

No word yet on the exact terms, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the two sides were talking about a two-year deal. Neshek had to settle for a minor league contract last offseason, but he emerged as a surprise success story in the back-end of the Cardinals' bullpen. The Astros now have a trio of veteran late-inning options with Luke Gregerson and Chad Qualls also in the mix.
Dec 10 - 10:08 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Astros are "closing in" on signing reliever Pat Neshek.

It's expected to be a two-year deal. The Astros have already agreed to a deal with Luke Gregerson, but the effort to bolster the back-end of their bullpen continues. Neshek is coming off an excellent season with the Cardinals in which he posted a 1.87 ERA with 68 strikeouts and just nine walks over 67 1/3 innings.
Dec 10 - 9:35 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Pat Neshek is in "serious talks" with three teams and a resolution is expected soon.

The Astros, who have been linked to every major reliever, are one of them. Neshek stumbled a bit down the stretch this past season, but still finished with an outstanding 1.87 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 68/9 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings. The Pirates have also been mentioned as a possible landing spot.
Dec 10 - 8:41 AM

According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates "like" free agent Pat Neshek.

Neshek faded at the end of his impressive 2014 in St. Louis, but he still wound up with a sparkling 1.87 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 68/9 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 total innings. The 34-year-old right-hander is likely looking to cash in big after watching Andrew Miller sign a four-year, $36 million contract with the Yankees and David Robertson land a four-year, $46 million deal from the White Sox.
Dec 9 - 2:17 PM

According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, the Cardinals are unlikely to retain any of their five impending free agents.

Of the five, Pat Neshek is the only one who had a healthy and productive season for the Cardinals, posting a terrific 1.87 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 68/9 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings, and will surely earn a lucrative contract through free agency. Mark Ellis, Justin Masterson, Jason Motte and A.J. Pierzynski are also eligible for free agency this winter.
Source: MLB.com
Oct 17 - 9:17 PM

Pat Neshek earned his fifth save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

With Trevor Rosenthal having pitched in back-to-back games, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny turned to Neshek to close out the Pirates on Tuesday. Neshek took care of the Bucs in order to earn the save. He owns a 1.37 ERA and 0.66 WHIP and remains the Cardinals' top choice for saves when Rosenthal is unavailable or ineffective.
Sep 2 - 11:55 PM

Pat Neshek notched his fourth save of the season Friday despite a shaky ninth inning against the Padres.

Trevor Rosenthal was unavailable Friday after pitching two days in a row, so Neshek got the call. The sidearmer gave up a two-out solo homer to Yasmani Grandal and a double to Chris Nelson to bring the tying run to the plate, but he managed to strike out Will Venable swinging to end it. Neshek still carries a ridiculous 0.88 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and 56/6 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings this season.
Aug 16 - 1:06 AM

Pat Neshek worked a perfect ninth inning to protect a three-run lead and earn his third save in Thursday's win versus the Red Sox.

Regular closer Trevor Rosenthal had pitched in each of the last two days, throwing 31 pitches total, so manager Mike Matheny opted to go with Neshek to end the ballgame. Neshek has held the opposition scoreless in 23 out of his last 24 appearances, including in each of his last five. He has a 0.76 ERA.
Aug 7 - 11:34 PM

Pat Neshek told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday that he is open to discussing a contract extension with the Cardinals.

Neshek signed a minor league contract with St. Louis in the offseason and has resurrected his career at age 33, posting a 0.78 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, and 49/6 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings. "I like it here," said Neshek, a free agent this winter. "I like how I’m being used. That’s a big part of it. That’s the feeling I have. That’s one of the main things. I feel like I pitch really well at Busch Stadium. I think that would be good for my career, right? I just really like it here."
Aug 7 - 11:19 AM

Pat Neshek earned his second career save Tuesday in the Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the Mets.

Neshek was called on to stymie the Mets' ninth-inning rally after Jason Motte allowed a long solo home run and a double to lead off the frame. Neshek now has a 0.92 ERA, 0.61 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings this season. He's next in line for saves behind Trevor Rosenthal, who was given the night off on Tuesday.
Jun 17 - 11:05 PM

Pat Neshek earned his first career save in the Cardinals' extra-innings defeat of the Royals on Wednesday.

Neshek retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 11th inning and now boasts a 1.03 ERA, 0.61 WHIP, and 28/3 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 total frames this season for St. Louis. Trevor Rosenthal allowed two inherited runners to score in the ninth inning Wednesday but probably isn't in danger yet of losing his grip on the closer gig. Neshek would have to be considered next-in-line with Jason Motte still struggling to find his pre-Tommy John surgery velocity.
Jun 5 - 12:10 AM

Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP Pat Neshek from Triple-A Memphis.

Neshek had a 3.24 ERA and nice 11/2 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings this spring to wrap up a spot. He'll serve as a right-handed specialist in the bullpen.
Mar 30 - 9:28 AM

Cardinals signed RHP Pat Neshek to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Neshek, 33, had a 3.35 ERA and 29/15 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings last season with the Athletics. The sidearmer is nice depth to have around for St. Louis, but it could be a challenge for him to win a bullpen job in the spring.
Feb 6 - 5:47 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
3Max Stassi
1B1Jon Singleton
2Dan Johnson
2B1Jose Altuve
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Jonathan Villar
3B1Matt Dominguez
LF1Jake Marisnick
2L.J. Hoes
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Alex Presley
RF1George Springer
2Robbie Grossman
DH1Chris Carter
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Brett Oberholtzer
5Brad Peacock
6Samuel Deduno
7Vince Velasquez
8Michael Feliz
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Josh Fields
5Tony Sipp
6Darin Downs
7Jake Buchanan
8Will Harris
9Kevin Chapman
10Michael Foltynewicz