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2017 Winter Meetings: Astros to sign reliever Joe Smith

The man with the most generic name in the world just got a

Divisional Round - New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians - Game Two Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Houston Astros have reached an agreement with a two-year contract with free agent right-handed relief pitcher Joe Smith, pending a physical confirmed by’s Brian McTaggart.

Smith, 33, was 3-0 with a 3.33 ERA in 59 appearances combined this past season with the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. Smith has not allowed a run over three playoff appearances, pitching five scoreless innings. He appeared in four playoff games in 2017, walking one and striking out three over 2 1/3 innings.

Smith by the New York Mets in the third round of the 2006 draft from Wright State University. He has a 44-28 record and 2.97 ERA over 698 games without once having an ERA over 3.83 during that time.

Smith seems like a natural fit to replace Luke Gregerson. Gregerson signed with the Cardinals during the Winter Meetings. But Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is still looking for that front line left-handed reliever.