The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with left-handed reliever Tony Sipp, according to a report from Fox 26 Houston's Mark Berman on Thursday morning.
Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle followed up the initial report by confirming the years of the contract in which Sipp will sign.
It is said that the 32-year-old veteran will receive a total of $18 million over the lifetime of his contract, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Sipp started his career with the Cleveland Indians where he spent four seasons, compiling a 3.68 ERA in 220.1 total innings. The left-hander would then spend one season with the Arizona Diamondbacks before latching on with the Astros.
During his period at the major league level this past season, Sipp pitched to a 1.99 ERA alongside a record of 3-4. He pitched 54.1 innings out of the bullpen while appearing in a total of 60 games played.
Sipp started of on a positive note with the Astros, which only seemed to get better as the season went along. As the team looks to rebuild upon their bullpen, they retain a strong left-hander with many capabilities and someone who can be used in complex scenarios in the late innings.
For his career, he owns a 3.50 ERA alongside a 21-16 record, as he threw a combined 363.0 innings pitched in a total of 420 games played.
A long term commitment for Sipp is well deserved given his rate of success in Houston. Prior the the offseason's start, Sipp was projected to get a deal for around three years as his command has improved greatly to a point where he has been considered reliable to look upon when needed.
As noted by MLBTradeRumors, Sipp’s contract lands at the top of the established range for quality free agent lefties such as Zach Duke, Boone Logan and Jeremy Affeldt.
This is the second move the Astros have made to improve their bullpen while in Nashville. The other came yesterday when they completed a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies that sent RHP Ken Giles to the Astros for LHP Brett Oberholtzer, RHP Vincent Velasquez, and RHP Thomas Eshelman.