Rafael Montero Signs Three-Year Deal With Astros

Rafael Montero with the New York Mets in 2015
Rafael Montero with the New York Mets in 2015. Photo by Shutterstock (4627384e)

Rafael Montero will remain with the Houston Astros a little longer after signing a $34.5 million three-year contract with the team. This comes after the 32-year-old reliever won the World Series title in his first season with the team.

Aside from lifting the coveted World Series trophy, Montero also delivered a strong individual performance during his first season with the Astros, posting a 2.37 ERA in 68⅓ innings and allowing just three home runs while striking out 73.

Montero joined the Astros in a July 2021 trade from the Seattle Mariners. With a fastball that averaged 96.5 mph, Montero was a top target for several major league teams, particularly once he became available in free agency.

While Moreno proved himself to be a talented pitcher prior to his arrival in Houston, his new contract is more of a bet on him due to his performance last season than his career overall, with his latest season proving to be his best.

The contract with Montero bolsters and already-stacked Astros bullpen, which includes closer Ryan Pressly, Ryne Stanek, Bryan Abreu, Hector Neris, and Phil Maton.