Houston Astros Claim Mickey Storey Off Waivers From New York Yankees

Welcome home Mickey welcome home - Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The Astros just played a round of ping pong with the New York Yankees using Mickey Storey as the ball.

At this point Mickey Storey has got to feel a little like the ball in ping pong. That's right ladies and gentlemen Mickey Storey is back and hopefully for good this time. It was a bit of a head scratcher when he was let go, but the Astros may have been banking on him not getting claimed and, unfortunately, ended up on the wrong side of the risk. Well it looks like in the end that move might have paid off, because he's back.

Storey's return puts the Astros roster at 40 begging the question: Does this signal them being done for the offseason? I would like to think the Astros have a couple more moves in them before the offseason is over, but I have a feeling that might be it for this offseason. Then again when I have that funny feeling Jeff Luhnow tends to go out and do something unexpected.

For anyone that's been an Astros fan since November 21, 2012, Storey is a right handed reliever that had a 3.86 ERA in 30.1 innings pitched for the Astros this past season. He features a fastball, slider, curveball and changeup. His fastball average is in the high 80s, but he only uses it 37% of the time, meaning he relies a lot on his breaking stuff. Eno Sarris of FanGraphs recently did an article on his fastball usage, or lack thereof.

Consider me thrilled Storey has returned, especially with the recent trade of Wilton Lopez

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