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37 Matt Albers RP
Height/Weight: 6-1/225 | Birthdate: 1/20/1983 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Houston | College: San Jacinto Coll. TX (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $1,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 487.71
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Matt Albers back, Josh Zeid down for Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) The paternity leave has ended for Astros reliever Matt Albers, which means so has the big-league stint for replacement Josh Zeid. The right-hander did pitch two games for Houston while on the roster and gave up two runs on four hits in three innings.

Matt Albers going on paternity leave, Josh Zied coming up


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Astros pticher Matt Albers will be placed on paternity leave Tuesday, and Josh Zeid will be brought up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take his 25-man roster spot, MLB.com reports.

Albers has pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings over three appearances this season, striking out six. Zeid has made one appearance with Oklahoma City, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings.


Three potential Astros closers pitch in non-save situation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Though Bo Porter has declared a closer-by-committee approach for the Astros to start the season, one might glean from the Tuesday box score that early favorite Josh Fields has a leg up on the job.

Kevin Chapman, Chad Qualls and Matt Albers all pitched in the victory over the Yankees in non-save situations. Fields was held back, which indicates he will be first in line to close out games. Albers pitched the ninth, but since it was the season opener for Houston, it cannot be argued that he was merely getting his work in.


Three players among closer options for Astros


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter announced before the season opener against the Yankees that relievers Matt Albers, Josh Fields and Chad Qualls are all candidates to close Tuesday.

Astros intend to go with closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter said Sunday he expects to open the season with a closer-by-committee approach. He said the plans could change, but right now no one has taken hold of the job.

Before spring training began, Porter had identified Josh Fields, Matt Albers, Chad Qualls and Jesse Crain as candidates for the closer's role. Unfortunately, Crain has been sidelined all spring due to injury.


Astros set staff for first spring game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell will start with the club Friday, according to MLB.com.

Harrell will get the nod for the team's first game of the spring. He'll be following up by Matt Albers, Peter Moylan and Josh Fields. Both Fields and Albers are thought to be in contention for the closer role.

Harrell posted a 5.86 ERA in 153 2/3 innings last season.


Competition for Houston's closer's job remains wide open


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter said Monday the competition for the closer's role is wide open between Josh Fields, Matt Albers, Chad Qualls and Jesse Crain, according to the Houston Chronicle. However, Porter acknowledged Qualls experience as a closer carries some value.

Crain, however, might have a tough time competing for the job this spring since Porter said Monday there is still no timetable for when Crain will throw off a mound. The veteran reliever is still recovering from right biceps surgery in October.


Chad Qualls, Matt Albers among Astros closer candidates


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Relief pitchers Chad Qualls and Matt Albers are the strongest candidates for the Astros closer role, according to the Houston Chronicle

Though Qualls is coming off back surgery, he's probably in the lead for the position. Jesse Crain may have been considered, but it's starting to look like he'll miss the beginning of the year with arm trouble. Qualls didn't dwell on the potential to close out games, saying that decision was up to manager Bo Porter.

Albers did the same. When asked whether he cared about his role, Albers said he wouldn't mind pitching in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning. 

Both players will likely compete for the job during spring training. Unless Crain can come back soon, they look to be the favorites for the position.


Astros to add Matt Albers to bullpen


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/16/2013) FOXSports.com reports that the Astros agreed with free agent reliever Matt Albers on a one-year deal Monday. Albers will receive $2.25 million in 2014, and the deal also includes a $3 million option or a $200,000 buyout for 2015.

The 30-year-old finished last season with a 3-1 record and a 3.14 ERA over 63 innings with the Indians.


Scott Kazmir among Indians' free agents


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who was extended a qualifying offer, the Indians have had several players declare free agency, including starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, relief pitcher Matt Albers, relief pitcher Rich Hill, catcher Kelly Shoppach and relief pitcher Joe Smith.

Matt Albers back in Indians' bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2013) The Indians activated reliever Matt Albers off the restricted list Monday. Albers is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in four relief appearances.

Matt Albers added to restricted list


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2013) The Indians placed pitcher Matt Albers on the restricted list Friday as he continues to remain away from the team, the Plain Dealer reports. Albers has not made an appearance since April 8 and is sporting a 5.40 ERA after four total games with Cleveland this season.

Cleveland places Matt Albers on paternity leave list


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2013) The Indians have placed reliever Matt Albers on the paternity leave list, the club announced.

Albers will be out of action to attend the birth of his child. Nick Hagadone will take his spot in the Indians bullpen.


Matt Albers tossed for arguing with ump


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2013) Indians relief pitcher Matt Albers was ejected from Saturday night's game against the Rays after arguing with the second-base umpire at the end of the sixth inning.

Albers allowed a run-scoring single to Shelley Duncan in the sixth before getting tossed. He was charged with one run and three hits in one inning of work. He also struck out one and walked one in 28 pitches. Albers has a 5.40 ERA through his first three appearances.

Matt Albers says he has made Indians' roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2013) Indians pitcher Matt Albers said Monday he made the opening day roster and will pitch out of the bullpen, according to Newsradio WTAM 1100. Albers is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and 1.71 WHIP through seven spring appearances (seven innings).

Albers gets deal from Cleveland


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2013) The Indians reached a contract agreement with relief pitcher Matt Albers on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Albers received a one-year, $1.75 million deal.