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Phillies acquire Pat Neshek from Astros

Philadelphia will exercise the right-hander’s team option for next season.

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The Phillies have acquired reliever Pat Neshek from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash, as first reported by Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle.

Neshek’s contract includes a $6.5 million club option for next season, and Philadelphia will pick that up. Houston was known to be shopping the right-hander in recent days with the option deadline looming on Monday.

Neshek, 36, posted a 3.06 ERA, 8.2 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 47 innings over 60 appearances with the Astros in 2016. He will provide a veteran presence alongside right-handers Jeanmar Gomez, Edubray Ramos, Severino Gonzalez, Michael Mariot, and Hector Neris in a Phils’ bullpen that may add more arms in free agency this winter.

Neshek, a veteran of 10 major-league seasons, owns a career 2.93 ERA in 383.1 innings. He was an All-Star in 2014 with the Cardinals, and has also appeared with the Twins, Athletics and Padres in the majors.