Matt Albers

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Matt Albers
Matt Albers on May 1, 2016.jpg
Albers pitching for the Chicago White Sox in 2016
Free agent
Relief pitcher
Born: (1983-01-20) January 20, 1983 (age 34)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 25, 2006, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record 36–39
Earned run average 4.13
Strikeouts 482
Albers pitching for the Baltimore Orioles in 2009

Matthew James Albers (born January 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals.

High school career[edit]

In 2001, Matt Albers graduated William P. Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas. That year, in the 2001 MLB Draft, the Astros took him in the 23rd round.

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Matt Albers worked his way up through the minor leagues and started 2006 at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he went 10–2 with an 2.17 ERA.

Houston Astros[edit]

In late July 2006, the Astros called him up to the Major Leagues. Matt Albers pitched a few games in relief, then made his first Major League start against the San Diego Padres on August 3, 2006.

When Matt Albers was sent back down shortly after the San Diego start, it was to AAA Round Rock. Matt returned to the Majors when rosters expanded on September 1.

In 2006, Matt Albers was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year.

Matt Albers got his first Major League win on May 5, 2007, against the Cardinals, when he pitched 7 13 innings without giving up a run.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

After being a starting pitcher for two years, Albers was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on December 12, 2007, as part of the Miguel Tejada trade. In the middle of the 2008 season he was placed on the 60-day disabled list.[1]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On December 16, 2010, Albers signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox.[2]

On December 12, 2011, Albers signed a one-year deal to return to Boston, thus avoiding arbitration.[3]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On July 31, 2012, The Red Sox traded Albers and OF Scott Podsednik to Arizona for RP Craig Breslow.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On December 11, 2012, Albers was traded along with RP Bryan Shaw and SP Trevor Bauer to the Cleveland Indians as part of a three-way deal involving the Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds. Drew Stubbs went from the Reds to the Indians, the Arizona Diamondbacks received RP Tony Sipp and 1B Lars Anderson from the Indians, and SS Didi Gregorius from the Reds. The Cincinnati Reds received RF Shin-Soo Choo, IF Jason Donald, and $3.5 million from Cleveland.[4]

Houston Astros (second stint)[edit]

On December 16, 2013, Albers signed a one-year contract worth $2.45 million that came with a club option for 2015.[5] Houston declined his 2015 option on October 9, 2014, making him a free agent.[6]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On February 13, 2015, he signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox.[7][8] On April 22, 2015, Albers was involved in a bench-clearing brawl against the Kansas City Royals.[9] Albers suffered a fractured finger trying to escape the fracas, which placed him on the 15-day disabled list.[10]

On January 21, 2016, Albers signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract.[11] On June 1, 2016, Albers hit a double in the 13th inning, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly.[12] It proved to be the winning run as the White Sox won against the Mets 2–1.[13]

Washington Nationals[edit]

Albers signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Washington Nationals for the 2017 season.[14] He was released on March 27, 2017, despite giving up no earned runs over 11 23 innings.[15] The Nationals resigned Albers, and promoted him to the major leagues on April 9.[16] On May 5, 2017, Albers recorded his first career save in a 4–2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.[17]

Pitching style[edit]

Albers is mainly a sinkerball pitcher, throwing it in the 93-96 mph range. He complements the sinker with a hard slider and an occasional curveball.[18]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2017, Albers and his family reside in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston.[19]

Albers' wife Tara was eight months pregnant with the couple's second child when Hurricane Harvey hit the region in August 2017.[20] She and their son evacuated to Dallas as a result of the storm.[19] Albers partnered with Washington Nationals teammate Anthony Rendon, a fellow Houstonian, to set up a YouCaring fundraiser page to raise money for donations to the Houston Food Bank in the wake of the hurricane.[21][22][23]


  1. ^ "Tejada traded to Astros, Orioles to receive five players for former AL MVP". December 12, 2007. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved December 12, 2007. 
  2. ^ Abraham, Peter (December 16, 2010). "Red Sox sign Albers". The Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ Boston Red Sox (December 12, 2011). "Red Sox sign Albers to one-year contract". 
  4. ^ Meisel, Zack (December 11, 2012). "Tribe, D-backs, Reds complete nine-player deal". Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cleveland Indians reach 1-year deal with John Axford; Matt Albers signs with Astros Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "Astros decline option on Albers". Associated Press. October 10, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "White Sox, Albers agree to minor league deal". Associated Press. February 13, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ Merkin, Scott (February 13, 2015). "White Sox add Albers to 'pen mix with Minor League deal". Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ Padilla, Doug. "Tempers flare at Chicago, five ejected". ESPN. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ Merkin, Scott. "Albers placed on DL with fractured finger". Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ Steve_p (January 21, 2016). "White Sox re-sign Matt Albers for one-year, $2.25-million". South Side Sox. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  12. ^ Joseph, Andrew (June 1, 2016). "White Sox reliever Matt Albers had the best day ever". For The Win. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  13. ^ Pinto, David (June 1, 2016). "The Albers Game :". Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  14. ^ Janes, Chelsea (January 31, 2017). "Nationals sign righties Joe Nathan and Matt Albers to minor league deals". Washington Post. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  15. ^ Reddington, Patrick (March 27, 2017). "Washington Nationals announce Joe Nathan and Matt Albers have been unconditionally released.." Federal Baseball. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  16. ^ MLBRosterMoves [@MLBRosterMoves] (9 April 2017). ".@Nationals select RHP Matt Albers from Triple-A Syracuse, designate RHP Jeremy Guthrie for assignment" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  17. ^ "After 12 years and 102 games finished, Matt Albers finally recorded his very first save". May 5, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  18. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Matt Albers". Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  19. ^ a b Janes, Chelsea (August 28, 2017). "Houston natives Anthony Rendon, Matt Albers struggle with Hurricane Harvey from afar". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  20. ^ Zuckerman, Mark (August 30, 2017). "Albers, Rendon try to balance baseball with families in Houston". MASN Sports. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  21. ^ Newman, Mark; Thornburg, Chad (31 August 2017). "Victims receiving donations from across MLB". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 15 November 2017. 
  22. ^ Tinsman, Brian (29 August 2017). "D.C. Athletes Donate, Raise Money for Harvey Relief". CBS DC. WUSA. Retrieved 15 November 2017. 
  23. ^ Tufts, Abigail (30 August 2017). "Houston natives Rendon and Albers set up relief fund for victims of Hurricane Harvey". Nationals Buzz. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Retrieved 15 November 2017. 

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