Ryan Pressly reaches vesting threshold and guarantees 2022 salary
Closest astros Ryan pressly made his 60th appearance of the season in yesterday’s 9-5 win over the Angels, reaching an important contractual milestone. As noted by Chandler Rome from the Houston Chronicle, Astros’ $ 10 million club option on Pressly’s services for 2022 is now invested in a fully secured deal.
The original terms of Pressly’s two-year extension with the Astros guaranteed the reliever at least $ 17.5 million in fresh money, plus a $ 7 million club option for 2022. That figure of $ 7 million rose to $ 10 million once Pressly appeared in his 40th game of the 2021. season, and the option automatically vests if Pressly made 60 or more appearances in the 2020 and 2021 campaigns. Due to the shortened nature of the 2020 season, Pressly’s threshold for last season has been adjusted to 23 games, and the right-hander hit that benchmark in Houston’s final third game of the 60-game regular season schedule.
In all likelihood, Pressly’s option would have been a very easy call for the Astros to make even if he hadn’t hit the vesting threshold. The 32-year-old has been one of baseball’s best relievers this year, delivering a 2.19 / 2.35 SIERA ERA in 61 2/3 innings and converting 25 of 27 stopping chances. According to Statcast’s metrics, Pressly’s 33.2% pull rate and 5.0% walk rate are each in the 94th percentile, while his chase rate and spin rates on his curved ball. and his fastball at 95.4 mph are even more elite (Pressly ranks first among all skilled curvy spinners). To top it off, Pressly’s 54.8% takedown rate was also the best of his nine MLB seasons.
It’s now been four consecutive seasons of elite working for Pressly, acquired by the Astros from the Twins in a final deal in 2018. Already a man of solid setup, Pressly has emerged as Houston’s best ninth-inning option over the past two years. seasons, which only further improved its value for the bullpen. Pressly was named to the AL All-Star squad in 2019 and 2021.
With Pressly’s salary now officially on the books, the Astros have pledged $ 101.9 million for nine players (Pressly, Jose altuve, Alex bregman, Michael brantley, Lance McCullers Jr., Jake odorizzi, Pedro Baez, Martin maldonado, and Jason Castro). That number will almost surely reach $ 109.9 million for 10 players, because Yuli GurrielThe $ 8million club option looks very likely to be exercised given Gurriel’s impressive numbers. The team will have a lot of important holes to fill considering Carlos correa, Zack Greinke, and the wounded Justin verlander will all be free agents, but since the Astros reset their luxury tax number and started this season with a payroll of just under $ 188 million, Houston should have plenty of room to spend this season. winter.